Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
Today our purses carry everything we could possibly need for a busy day. However the 1920s 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 1920s 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 1920s 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 handbags in worthy of an entirely separate post here. 

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags

1922 Purses

The key styles of 1920s 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 1920s 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 below:

1920s Style Purses for Sale:

 

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Womens Vintage Deco Beaded Bag

$698.00

Buy at: Free People

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

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

$25.99

Buy at: Overstock.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting & Davis 'Vienna' Metal Mesh Handbag

$330.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Womens Vintage 1920s Beaded Bag

$428.00

Buy at: Free People

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

1920's Style Flask

$50.00

Buy at: macys.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Vienna Ring Handle Bag

$329.99

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

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting & Davis Cascade Fringe Double Ring Clutch - Pewter

$189.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Mary Frances Moonlight (Silver) Handbags

$255.00

Buy at: Zappos.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Vintage-Look Chain Fringe Bag

$116.99

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

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Peacock

$175.99

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

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Red Sequin Flapper Bag

$6.99

Buy at: Birthday in a Box

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Vintage-Look Chain Fringe Bag

$109.99

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

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Womens Vintage Beaded Butterfly Bag

$198.00

Buy at: Free People

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Small Soft Body Beaded wristlet Pouch Shaped Clutch evening Bag change purse bag

$9.99

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

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Mary Frances Flash (Multi) Handbags

$275.00

Buy at: Zappos.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Whiting and Davis Vintage-Look Chain Fringe Bag

$174.99

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
 

Mary Frances 1920s Style Deco Purse

$160.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Mini Purse w/ Mixed Metal Beads

$146.99

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

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Small Soft Body Beaded wristlet Pouch Shaped Clutch evening Bag change purse bag

$9.99

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

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Womens Vintage 1920s Beaded Hang Bag

$428.00

Buy at: Free People

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Mary Frances Vintage Inspired Silver Movie Star Handbag

$282.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Vizon Women's New Fasian Formal Floral Rhinestones Clutche Bag/Evening Bag

$19.99

Buy at: LightInTheBox

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

Mary Frances Golden Opportunity (Gold) Satchel Handbags

$245.00

Buy at: Zappos.com

Pretty 1920s Purses and Handbags
 

J. Furmani Crystal and Hardware Studded Bow Evening Bag

$63.99

Buy at: Overstock.com

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