Vintage Purses at Their Bestby Lynell K. Schwartz
THE BEAUTIFUL DIVERSITY OF HIGH QUALITY VINTAGE PURSES IS PRESENTED HERE THROUGH A FRIENDLY AND INFORMATIVE TEXT AND HUNDREDS OF CLEAR COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS. CHOSEN FROM AMONG THE LEADING PRIVATE, DEALER AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS, THESE PRIMARILY NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURY PURSES ARE AMONG THE FINEST GLASS AND METAL BEADED, METAL MESH, TAPESTRY, EMBROIDERED, PLASTIC, AND HOMECRAFTED EXAMPLES KNOWN. ALSO, PURSE FRAMES, SPECIALTY VANITY, DANCE, CHILDRENS' AND CURIOUS STYLES ARE FEATURED.CATALOGS, ADVERTISING, TRADE CARDS AND ORIGINAL DRAWINGS ALONG WITH HISTORIES OF THE LEADING MANUFACTURERS SUCH AS BLISS, NAPIER, WHITING & DAVIS AND MANDALIAN ARE INCLUDED TO ANCHOR THE PURSES IN THEIR PERIOD HISTORIES. THE ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF HAND WORK ACCOMPLISHED AT THESE COMPANIES AND THE EXCELLENT MATERIALS USED IN THEIR CONSTRUCTION ARE SEEN AS REASONS FOR THE PURSES' CONTINUING BEAUTY DECADES LATER.THIS BOOK WILL DELIGHT ALL FASHION ENTHUSIASTS AS IT REFLECTS ALL THE ART STYLES OF THE DECADES THROUGH PURSES. AND THE UPDATED VALUES REFLECT THE COLLECTORS' MARKET TODAY.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this gem of a book is a superlative example. Brimming with exquisitely beautiful photographs, each and every page is a feast for the eyes. Ms. Schwartz's inclusion of the painstaking process of creating these delicate feminine accoutrements provides the reader with an astounding appreciation for the difficulty in producing such a practical accessory. A 'Must Have' for amateurs as well as serious collectors. I have already ordered my copy of her latest book (due this fall), 'Purse Masterpieces,' which promises not only gorgeous photographs, but a thoroughly investigated background for the inspirations (Art, Literature, Architecture) of the scenes.
As a collector and dealer of beaded and mesh purses for years, this book has become almost a daily reference for me. The book gets into the variations in styles and themes as well as how they were made. There are company histories and interesting original advertisements showing the corresponding years for different types of purses. An excellent book for a beginning collector to get acquainted with this wonderful field of collecting as well as a superb reference for the more advanced collector.