Pretty 1920’s Purses and Handbags

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
Today our purses carry everything we could possibly need for a busy day. In the 1920’s however the purse or handbag was a thing of beauty and only a little practicality. Since most daily items were purchased at neighborhood shops with credit accounts under a father’s or husband’s name there was no need to carry money other then some pocket change for the movies or a soda pop. Instead women’s 1920’s purses carried only the hot new necessaries of the day- Make Up!

Face powder, lipstick, and sometimes rouge were carried in small decorative compacts that were as pretty as the bags that carried them. Some varieties of bags even had the compacts built right into the bag handle. Inconspicuously hidden the compacts were always close by for a quick touch up job. A refined lady would powder her nose in the ladies room but those new liberated flappers would apply make up right at the dinner table. Gasp!

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags

Vintage Mesh Flapper Handbag

Such beautiful ladies required caring equally beautiful purses. There was an art to making metal woven “mesh” handbags as well as beaded fabric bags. Hand tooled leather clutches with intricate art deco designs or snake skin puchettes made day wear slightly less formal. Puchettes which had carved metal frames and clasp closure or fold over envelope flaps were also elaborately decorated for evening formal dress. Glass beads, seed beads, and round faceted beads were hand woven at home using mail order kits. Metal mesh bags were mass produced in a variety of designs, shapes and coloring techniques. Talking about the variations of mesh handbags in worthy of an entirely separate post (and will be discussed in the 1920’s Style Guide book.)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags

1922 Purses

The key styles of 1920’s purses were that they were small with thin strap(s) or clutch varieties. Some were small boxes with handles. Whenever possible purses complimented the wearer’s dress. Beaded bags with beaded dresses, leather with fur, etc.

Vintage 1920’s purses are very collectible today. The age of the beads and metals makes them extremely fragile as well. If you want  to wear one to your next 1920’s party I would recommend you purchase one of the many reproduction purses available today. I have put together a page of 1920’s Style purses for sale from several online shops:

 1920’s purses:

 

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Handmade Beaded Purse Mirrors (Set of 12) (India)

$28.89

Buy at: Overstock.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

1920's Style Flask

$50.00

Buy at: macys.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Satin With Beading Evening Handbags/ Clutches More Colors Available

$8.69

Buy at: LightInTheBox

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Purple Ring Sequin Beading Satin Women's Evening Bag

$24.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Glitter Beaded Chain Wedding Clutch Bag

$31.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

White Unspecified Shape Beaded Evening Bag for Woman

$44.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Shiny Beaded Woman's Evening Bag

$32.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Gorgeous Beaded Evening Bag for Woman

$32.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Vintage-Look Chain Fringe Bag

$137.99

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Vienna Ring Handle Bag

$330.00

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Peacock

$224.99

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Gate Top Pouch

$44.99

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Vintage-Look Chain Fringe Bag

$157.99

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Crossbody Crystal V's

$94.99

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Vintage-Look Chain Fringe Bag

$137.99

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Gate Top Pouch

$44.99

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Peggy Abrams Beaded Purse - 5 x 7 - Fine Art Poster Print

$7.60

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting & Davis Grommet Clutch - Gold Matte Silver

$194.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting & Davis Cascade Fringe Double Ring Clutch - Pewter

$189.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Jessica McClintock J4009512 Satin Rhinestone Sequin Clutch - Black

$54.00

Buy at: Fashion58

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting & Davis 'Vienna' Metal Mesh Handbag

$330.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Mary Frances 1920s Style Deco Purse

$160.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Red Sequin Flapper Bag

$6.99

Buy at: Birthday in a Box

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Retro Gold Floral Beading Women's Evening Bag

$42.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Hobo Shape Hasp Closure Beaded Clutch Bag

$13.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

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