Size: 11” tall (plus an additional 5” of fringe) by 7.25” wide, with 16” long chain
This circa 1900s or 1910s antique beaded bag, in black and silver seed beads with beaded fringe trim, has a stamped floral metal frame, marked “Alpacca Germany”. “Alpacca Silver” is a white metal alloy, made up of copper, zinc and nickel. Developed in 19th century Germany in order to imitate the appearance of real silver, Alpacca Silver is also known as German Silver or Nickel Silver. The bag is a larger size than most antique beaded purses, and the subtle yet lovely, Art Nouveau style floral design (in silver with a black background) echoes the designs on the frame. The iridescent lilac silk lining has one horizontal split in the fabric, just above the inner pocket, and has a cute, attached mirror. This Edwardian or WWI era black beaded bag appears sturdy (aside from the ling fabric) and it is in very good condition with no missing beads. The only other, minor issue is some light tarnishing to the metal frame.