Sunday, August 31, 2014

Suki Box Bag with Asian Motif

Asian Motif Box Bag. 1950s. Maker: Handbags by Suki, Miami, FLA. Gorgeous cream-colored box purse with (yellowish, perhaps with age?) Lucite top that has a painted motif of an Asian woman with a floral covered fan hiding part of her face. Embellished with inset rhinestones. Lucite clasp and handle. Box portion is a molded rope design. Lined in lightly quilted ivory-colored fabric. Four metal feet.

Suki purses are very hard to find, and rather expensive. This one isn’t perfect, but I was so glad to discover it online at a reasonable price.

BONUS PIC! I have a similar one in black.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cache-It Nylon Bra Purse

Cache-It Nylon Bra Purse. 1950s. Maker (Importer): Bandwagon, Inc. Novelty hidden bra purse in its original packaging. Made in Hong Kong of nylon, this bra purse has a self-closing flap.

I love interesting and unusual purses, but this one is special because it reminds me so much of my grandma. She would wrap her money in a hankie and safety-pin it inside her bra. I miss her.

BONUS INFO: I looked up Bandwagon, Inc. of Massachusetts and it’s still in business at the same address!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Set of 1960s Collapsible Purse Cups

Set of Collapsible Cups. 1960s. Maker: Tuckaway Cups (white and orange; green one does not have a maker imprint). Collapsible (or telescoping) portable thin plastic cups. White and orange cups have raised metallic-painted designs on top, and glued-on tiny plastic embellishments. Green one has a marbleized coloring. All cups have built-in pill container. On the bottom of the white and orange is the Tuckaway Cups imprint, Made in U.S.A., a number, the word “PATENTED,” and some very small print I can’t read. (Note: I tried looking up the number, which I assumed to be the patent number, but could not find any info.)

Among my collection are purse accessories, and these are a new one for me. Except, not exactly new, because when I was a little girl in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, my grandma gave me a collapsible cup. I remember that it wasn’t embellished or fancy in any way, but my grandma gave it to me, so that made it special. She also gave me a few folding plastic rain hats and squeezy change purses, so maybe those are next in line to be part of the collection!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jean Holbein Costume Purse by Delill

Jean Holbein Costume Purse. 1960s/70s. Maker: Delill. Lightly quilted fabric illustrated costume motif purse. Ladies on both sides in 1600s dress. At the bottom of the bag on each side it says “Costume Suifse du 16me Siecle d’apres le Defsein original du celebre Jean Holbein.” (Note: I may not have written those capital letters correctly, as the French to English translation came out very odd. What I mostly got was that it's "a costume from the 1600s after the famous Jean Holbein.") Rectangular shape. Gold stitching on ladies’ costumes and on the edge of the bag to accentuate the design. Lined in satiny fabric. One inner pocket. In addition to the Delill gold stamp on the inside, there is a tag that says “The Elaine Shop,” presumably where it was originally purchased. Goldtone frame and chain.

I am intrigued by costume purses and have a few of them—one of my collections-within-a-collection. Scroll down for some bonus pics.

I’m not clear on the artist’s history, but when I Google “Jean Holbein” the name “Hans Holbein” keeps popping up. Any art historians out there? If you know the background, please email me, Thanks!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Handmade Crocheted 1940s Drawstring Bag

Crocheted Drawstring Bag. 1940s. Maker: Handmade. Wonderful crocheted navy blue purse—box at the bottom and soft and collapsible at the top, with a drawstring. The material is a heavy blue cording that is crocheted (please forgive if I am wrong about the type of needlework) and wraps around the entire bag, including the bottom. Inside, to shape the bottom, is cardboard covered in satiny fabric. One interior pocket. Decorated outside with silver thread and sewn on navy blue beads. Closes with navy blue cords tipped in ornate silvertone findings.

This is a beautiful, really nicely done bag. I know I have a similar one around here somewhere…

Ha! Took some digging, but I found it!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

1949 Coin Holder Box with Bonus Patent Document

Embellished Plastic Coin Holder Box. 1940s. Maker: See below. Wonderful small early plastic hinged coin box, made in the style of a compact. It has a pink and gold floral painted top and two inset rhinestones. Inside has different sized slots with imprinted denominations for coins. Underside has patent number.

And here’s where it gets fantastic. I found the original 1949 patent document online (, along with the illustration for the box. I tried to track down Mr. John H. Blackwell, and discovered he would be about 122 years old if he were living. I found his home address from 1948, but am having trouble locating relatives. I believe he may have had a daughter named Doris, who would be 92. If you have any information about this inventor and/or this delightful little coin box, please email

DESCRIPTION  (OCR text may contain errors)
Dec. 13,1949 BLACKWELL Des. 156,402


Patented Dec. 13, 1949 UNITED STATES Des. 156,402


Application June 21, 1948, Serial No. 147,102

Term of patent 14 years (Cl. D87-3) To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, John H. Blackwell, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at Los Angeles, in the county of Los Angeles and State of California, have invented a new, original, and ornamental Design for 2. Coin Purse or Similar Article, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, forming part thereof.

In the drawing:

Fig. 1 is a top plan view of a coin purse, showing my new design;

Fig. 2 is a side elevational view of the coin purse; and

Fig. 3 is an isometric view thereof in an open position showing the coin compartments.

I claim:

The ornamental design for a coin purse, or similar article, substantially as shown.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date D. 60,058 Petersen Dec. 20, 1921 D. 73,940 Noonan Nov. 22, 1927 D. 151,437 Ewing Oct. 19, 1948

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Black Velvet Purse with Flower Pot

Black Velvet Purse with Flower Pot. 1960s. Maker Unknown (Possibly Jolles Original). Wonderful black velvet Kelly-style handbag with ornately appliqued flower pot. Pot itself is raised and covered with black and gold seed beads and gold trim at the top. Flowers are bold magenta with green leaves. Purse frame is goldtone and is embellished with tiny metal roses. Black plastic handle. Lined in black. Two pockets, one that zips. Four goldtone feet.

Now check this out. Here’s another purse I have that’s very similar, but has the Jolles Original label. I don’t know if the label fell out of (or was removed from) the magenta one, or if it’s a great copy, but I suspect the latter.