dating a vintage/ antique purse

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Adamina, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Adamina

    Adamina Registered Guest

    I got this purse from an antique collector without getting any further information, it's a small brass(?) mesh expandable/gate change purse. I was thinking maybe 20s? or possibly 40s? What do you think? 701E539A-03F3-4F99-B3F2-D9D0EFC83FE4.jpeg 55CE9DA1-359F-42F9-BA30-B15CFB8DF4A1.jpeg 877968AC-0BEC-4852-B151-81C246F3D1E9.jpeg 93A75415-22C2-4222-AD1C-F44D958BDBB6.jpeg 6608E4B1-5E98-4931-808B-19CF4D74EED0.jpeg 75419AF7-7E57-4458-9C25-B8632FA76C1D.jpeg
  2. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    It's a Whiting & Davis (there may be a tag hidden on the inside) and the dates are all over the place. I had one once and I thought it was 60s but they may have been making this style for a long time.
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  3. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  4. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    My mom had one of these in the 1960s, and I am pretty sure she bought it close to that time or the late 1950s. Not sure it was along time ago. But as had been said, these were in style on and off for decades. I would not call it a miser's purse, as those are a quite different.
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  5. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

    As everyone stated hard to date as they have been getting made for many decades. Yours does seem more modern as the chainmail seems larger than it would be on the earlier ones. I agree not a miser's purse as those were early 19th c right through to the Victorian era and had actual double ring closures, were generally tightly crocheted, often steel beading was used to decorate them or colorful glass beads.

    The closure is often referred to as a gatefold closure.

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