Antique Black Silk and Velvet Drawstring Purse Handbag Embroidered with White Seed Beads
This is a very old drawstring purse. The outside of the purse is black velvet, and it is lined with a black sateen type material. The outside of one side has two strips of black silk sewn with designs of tiny white seed beeds. The other side has one larger piece of the same. The bottom fringe is 1-1/2" long and is made of 1/4" black seeds and white seed beads. The drawstring is very old silk with a shiny pattern running through it. It appears that patches of silk with the white seed bead patterns were part of another item and were piecemealed onto the black velvet purse. The top of the purse has a band of white seed beads with quite a few missing. This looks to be Victorian era, but I can't be sure.