I cannot get the clasp to close down but I am very hesitant and do not want to push too hard on it, so it may work. It is a more modern design, most likely from the 1970s. The beading was performed in Japan and Hong Kong and later in China. This clutch appears in excellent vintage condition. Please remember that your username will appear with any comments you post.
I am finding every date under the sun for Walborg purses with the label that I have, ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s. The West Germany tag proves your purse was made sometime between May 1949 and 1963 or perhaps a little later. . The newspaper article also refers to the Walborg Corp. Covered with fine detailing of very small beads that extends onto the strap gives bag an overall grey color appearance over a cream background. She originally worked as a vice president for a cosmetics manufacturing firm and resigned in 1949 to study the handbag business for eighteen months before establishing her company. The beads are held on by wires that have started to break.
Join The Discussion is pleased to share your comments. Designated photos, descriptions and content are the property of Antiques Off Broadway and their respective owners. Laying flat and closed, this purse measures approx. The frame does close, but a little warped at the edges when closed. Hilde Walborg founded the Walborg Company in New York in the 1940's. This bag was likely made in the late 1950s to 1960s. By the late 1950s, some Walborg purses were being made in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Over the years I have found and sold several beaded purses. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The inside is very clean and carries the Walborg label. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the Antiques Off Broadway. It has a gold clasp and a 14-inch gold chain.
Another example of how hard some poor beader had to work to earn their wage. The Bag Lady website has a great entry on Walborg, with more info, period ads, and examples: Curiouser and curiouser. My assumption is that labels from Belgium and West Germany are the oldest, and Hong Kong comes later. And as one purse is described on the Bag Lady site now firmly bookmarked on my computer! Often these purses are found missing portions of the beading or with serious stains. Among these would include original retail purchase receipts, the Walborg catalogs that were provided to retailers for ordering, original purchase orders from the retailer or Walborg records or other records held by the company for designs the bags were designed by Mrs. The interior is more of the yellow satin and there is a small pocket for a mirror. I'm thinking this is at least 1980s, right? To post comments, you must be a registered user of.
Several metal round beads are missing on the clasp I have 3 of them loose in a little bag that you will receive. Your postings may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in our print publications. Another possible way to date the bags is by the materials that were used. The beading is intact, somewhat amazing considering the fragile nature. Small clutches mostly served as evening accessories or were taken to special functions such as weddings and fancy parties. Today beaded clutches are enjoying popularity again, especially among brides looking for a unique vintage design.
Actually, I'd date your lovely purse to the 60s. Made in Belgium by hand, designed by the Walborg Co. This purse is in good condition, it has lost a few beads, not very noticeable, and has one small spot on the front. This is one of the most elaborate so far. She designed purses that were handmade in Belgium, France, Italy, and West Germany. Richere is one of several well known names in this particular style of purse.
Here is another beaded purse currently in my online shop. Over the sequins is sewn a pattern of flowers all in gold beads. Copyright 1998-2016 All Rights Reserved. Custom Search Elegant French Designer Beaded Evening Handbags Vintage Hand Made Beaded Purses, ca. The beads are on pale yellow satin. Sizes measure from their largest points.
I came across a couple of comments about those poodle purses, but had no idea what they could possibly look like! Articles: Find these purses on Page 2 www. I'm no expert on Walborg purses, but I believe they outsourced their beadwork to whatever country was affordably at the top of their beading game at the time. The company was in business until at least 1963. As you can imagine, all the beading gives this little purse a fairly substantial feel in the hands. Item 4-1215 A This item is sold, sorry no longer available This intricately beaded evening bag was made by hand in France by Charbet, a company that knew how to create exquisite purses, elaborate paisley pattern with soft pastels and contrasting accents, decorated frame has beading and faux Mother-of-pearl painted disc, interior lined in nearly white satin with pocket and designer label, professionally cleaned and restored to extremely good condition amazing workmanship, click the photo for more details and pictures.
Therefore the Walborg handbags date to no earlier than 1951. The label reads Walborg, Hand beaded in Hong Kong. The reverse has a geometric pattern in gold beads. A nice vintage beaded clutch. Clasp needs to be handled carefully as a couple of the metal round beads are just hanging on, their wire has come loose at one end. I hope these workers considered themselves artists because to me a well-beaded clutch bag is a work of art.