Friday, January 2, 2009

Four Seasons Kit Purse. 1960s. Maker: Some crafty ‘60s housewife. Beige textured linen bag with beads, rhinestones, faux jewels and other shiny dealybobs that come together to create individual designs representing the four seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall (all you have to do is call) paying homage to Mr. Sun. Also has wooden side panels, envelope closure with goldtone twist hardware, vinyl handle and little metal feet.

Constructed from a kit, possibly manufactured by General Crafts Corp., a popular brand of that era. I have lots (and lots) of these purses (see previous posts), but what’s really nice about this one is that it has a top for full closure, instead of just being open, tote-bag style. The top protects your vintage wallet, embroidered hanky and rhinestone-covered lipstick mirror. You DO carry those with you at all times, don’t you?

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4 comments:

moi said...

I have a kit purse that features a fabulously blingy poodle, similar to the one you have and in the tote style. I love it. I love all purses like it. I love the one in this post. I . . . will stop now.

Wendy said...

Ah, yes, the poodle! I have that one. She's hard to find. I'm sure I didn't pay too much for her--wish now that I'd kept transaction records! But if you see her for sale online now, she usually goes for a fortune, even though the poodle kit originally cost the same as the other kits.

Creamy said...

Hi there..I have a vintage box style wicker or straw handbag with an owl design on it. I know it was made in the Philippines. I have searched the internet to find some information on it and I am coming up short. Can you possibly help me?

Wendy said...

Hi Creamy! Owls are a typical '60s design, but many purses of the day were made in Hong Kong or Japan. Not sure about the Philippines, although a lot of "tourist" bags have been produced there in more recent years. If you want to send me a pic, you can e-mail it to purse@gorgeousandbrilliant.com.