See-Through Plastic Clutch Purse with Coordinating Change Purse. 1960s. Maker: Unknown. Clear plastic clutch purse with goldtone hardware and chain, plus faux pearls, rhinestones, and a milk glass and bead appliqué in the center. The plastic is about the thickness of your standard inflatable pool raft. It isn’t quite a match to the clear plastic change purse with larger rhinestone accents that have been fastened, Bedazzler-style, to the exterior. The clutch came with the change purse, as well as the circa ‘60s matchbook from the Golden Gate Casino in Las Vegas, which is still around and bills itself as Las Vegas’s most historic hotel and casino.
This purse has yellowed with age, and, not to be gross, but it’s—well—sticky. It needs a cleaning, but I’m afraid to do it, because I don’t want the pearls to fall off. Seems sturdy enough, but you never know about old glue. Any suggestions are welcome.