However, it wasn't long before women's necessities were crowding their pockets.Their hand fan, snuff bottle, smelling salts, hair accessories, handkerchief and prayer book all caused unsightly bulges to their shapely curves.I have a large variety of fine vintage and collectible handbags, jewelry, and accessories available for your perusal and purchase. My objective is to provide you with an enjoyable shopping experience. Your comments and suggestions regarding this site are encouraged. Site Navigation: The navigation menu along the left side of the screen allows you to see newly added items, view the Special Collections, contact the Bag Lady, or return to this page.
This is not your Grandmother's beaded bag and there is a photo to prove it.Survivors from the 1600s show the way in which beads were used to outline embroidery.Illustrations from the 18th century show how beads were made at the time: lengths of glass were hollowed with an air bubble then cut and finished by hand.Integral pockets didn’t make an appearance in dress until the 1840s so bags were a practical consideration.Chatelaine-style bags (suspended from the waist) and reticules (drawstring bags, usually hung from the wrist) dominated into the early 20th century. Beadwork demanded needlecraft skill and the ability to devise and interpret patterns.