Interested in buying metal mesh purses circa 1925 – 1935 with colorful designs painted on the mesh. Purses are wanted with enameled designs depicting birds and animals, cartoon characters, people, buildings, landscapes, and other unusual patterns. Also wanted are purses with ornate frames featuring enameled decorations, glass "jewels", polished stones, and odd closures or clasps, even if the painted mesh design is rather ordinary. Some of the brand names you might find stamped on the inside of the purse frame include Whiting & Davis Co., R & G, and Mandalian.
Mesh purses with a compact built into the purse and mesh purses with a frame made of solid Bakelite (an early plastic) or that have a Bakelite decoration attached to a metal frame are especially sought after.
Purses with minor flaws or wear are sometimes acceptable, but purses with badly worn or faded paint, or those with major damage to the frame are rarely purchased. Purses that are plain silver or gold mesh, those with no painted design on the mesh, those made in Germany, or clutch-style purses circa 1940 – 1950 are NOT wanted.
Older beaded purses with very small beads (18 – 22 per inch), strung to create a scene
Vintage ladies' powder compacts with a case in the shape of an object, for example, a hand, guitar, hat, or a bird (except not the more modern Estee Lauder compacts). Collectible Buyer #191, Illinois.
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