Wicker Mini Parasol Purse. 1950s. Maker: K&G Charlet. Rare child-sized white-painted wicker purse in the shape of an umbrella. Adorably dainty, the top slides up to access the interior, which is lined in champagne-colored mesh fabric. I’ve seen several of these purses over the years and most of them are bigger. Some are natural wicker; some have attached faux flowers or fruit. Another unusual aspect is the presence of the “K&G Charlet Bag – Made in Japan” sewn-in tag. Charlet is better known for making evening handbags that are covered in exquisite beadwork (see my post of June 19, 2007).
Below is a picture of the mini parasol purse alone, but for size comparison, I’ve included a photo of it next to its much larger cousin, a Mary Poppins-worthy parasol purse (maker unknown) from the same era.