Friday, September 21, 2007

Large Gold Box Purse with Cameo. 1960s/70s. Maker: Unknown. Briefcase-sized bag features a gold faux leather exterior and handle and a goldtone cutwork frame that reminds me of those late ‘60s/early ‘70s perfume-mirror trays. Oddly, and for no reason whatsoever, there’s a painted cameo, featuring a pair of frolicking lovers, glued to the front center of the purse. The cameo is surrounded by clear rhinestones, as if it may have been a brooch prior to being a purse adornment. I have a feeling someone added it later—someone who didn’t think her huge, heavy, gold bag didn’t make quite enough of a statement.

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