Friday, January 9, 2009

Wicker Butterfly Bag. 1960s. Maker: Tropic – Miami, Florida. Sturdy natural wicker box bag with goldtone and faux tortoiseshell hardware, and a plastic window that features a whimsical three-dimensional butterfly motif. The butterflies are felt, with gold rope antennae, gold glitter glue and hundreds of tiny beads. Butterflies were a very popular motif for this era, and there are lots of people who adore the colorful little winged creatures, but my 17-year-old gets very freaked out by them: “MOM! Have you ever seen their FACES? UGH!” Interestingly, butterfly faces rarely appear on purses.


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