ARCHIVE - Late 1920s or early 30s Art Deco Cream and Gold Beaded Bag

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Late 1920s or early 1930s cream and gold beaded handbag. The most striking feature about this bag is that is an unusual spade shape and a rare larger size for one carried by a finger strap. This darling bag despite being close to 100 years old can comfortably fit an iPhone 6 (not max) inside which is quite remarkable as most bags of this era were designed to hold a small lipstick and a couple of coins! The bag is intricately hand beaded and very much influenced by the Art Deco designs of the era. The beads are woven onto a very fine weave mesh fabric in antique cream. The finger strap means the bag can comfortably be carried with three fingers. The bag fastens with a popper closure.

Overall, the bag is in remarkably good antique condition; very sturdy and fresh looking. On careful inspection, there are around three or four gold rocaille beads missing on the whole bag and the front has both seed pearls and rice shaped pearls though much of the nacre has worn off on the seed pearls to leave a pale coloured milk glass underneath. This does not detract in anyway from the beauty of the bag. The lining is in extraordinarily clean condition with no markings of any kind. The bag was clearly kept for best use! Absolutely perfect for a collector of this era with its exquisite fashions and accessories. Or why not bring it back to life as a genuinely usable evening bag. Even more wonderful - this would suit the vintage bride perfectly!


Full Length with strap: 9.25" (23.5 cm)
Bag length 6.25" (16 cm)
Width width: 5.75" (15 cm)

Pickup currently unavailable at CIRCA VINTAGE


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

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