Purses have been recognizable since the eighteenth century, when leather and needlework purses were preferred. Beaded purses became popular in the nineteenth century, went out of style, but are again in use. Mesh purses date from the 1880s and are still being made. More distinctive purses were made by famous designers like Dior and Balenciaga after 1945, but before then, especially during the two World Wars, purses were practical.
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|Purses||Embroidered||Clutch, Evening, Floral Panels, Crystals, Chain, Judith Leiber ~illus||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Embroidered||On Net, Celluloid Frame, Egyptian Type, Wooden Catch, France, 5 1/2 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Embroidered||Silver & Gold On Ivory Damask, Silk Lining, 17th Century||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Embroidered||Trapunto, Metallic Threads, Ornate Jeweled Frame, Chain Handle||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Flame Stitch||Made For Peter Levigood, 1768, 8 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Flame Stitch||Needlepoint Case, Marked M.l., 1800, 4 x 7 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||German Silver||Coin, Courting Scene Each Side, Moire Interior, 2 3/4 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Gold Mesh||Cathedral Frame, Engraved Leaves, Seed Pearl Tassel, Sapphires, Art Deco||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Gold Trace-links||Freshwater Pearls, Floral Silk Bag, Telescoping Neck, Edwardian||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Goldstone Steel Beads||Chatelaine, Openwork Frame, Waist Clip, 8 1/2 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Inro||5 Sages, 1 Compartment, Cinnabar Lacquer, 19th Century, 3 1/2 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Inro||Gold Stylized Chrysanthemum & Peony, Melon Form, 19th Century||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Jet Bead||Elephant, Clutch, Saks Fifth Avenue, 1940s||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Knit Material||Brown, Pouch, Allover Cut Steel Designs, 1900s, 11 x 7 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Knitted||Drawstring, 19th Century, Miniature||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Leather||Black, Bakelite Closing, Deco Design||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Leather||Brown, Clutch, Art Deco, Bakelite Frame & Clasp, 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Leather||Embossed 55 Chevy, Amusement Park, India, 13 x 14 In. ~illus||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Linen||Metalwork Clasp, Monogram, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Lizard||Black, Foldover, Fan Applique, Shoulder Strap, Judith Leiber||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Lucite||Pearlized Gray, Keystone Shape, 1940s||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Mesh||Art Deco Design, Silver Plated Frame, Whiting Davis, 7 1/2 x 3 1/4 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Mesh||Beaded, Black, Blue & Gold, Mandalian, 7 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Mesh||Beaded, Floral, Black Ground, Turquoise Band, Fringe, 10 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price||Purses||Mesh||Beaded, Multiblue, Gold Frame, Mandalian, 6 3/4 In.||2001||Login / Create Account for Price|