Huge Wicker Purse with Needlepoint Windmill Scene. 1960s. Maker: Unknown. Very large (14.5” high by 10” wide) and heavy wicker purse that resembles a picnic hamper, except this one’s got some seriously elaborate decorations. Someone went crazy with the gold trimmings, white beads, faux gems and rhinestones. But that’s only to complement the needlepoint scene at the front of the purse, complete with windmill, farmhouse, country road and foliage. On one side of the purse is a needlepoint lady and on the other is her gentleman. Their clothing looks circa the 17th century. The handle is wicker, wrapped in gold trim. There are two beige velvet bows on top, accented by rhinestones. Inside are shiny orangey-pink pockets that resemble hanging shoe-holders you’d find in a woman's closet, but are much smaller. Instead, they seem perfect for those tiny bottles of liquor they give you on airplanes.
Not that I’m saying you should carry around tiny bottles of liquor. But this purse is so over the top, that's what came to mind!
Special thanks to my friend and partner in vintage, Wendy, who gifted me with this fabulous find for my birthday!