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Black beaded handbag with floral design from Mae's Millinery Shop

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Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Mae Reeves, American, 1912 - 2016  Search this
Subject of:
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994  Search this
beads, synthetic fiber, and metal
H x W x D: 10 1/2 x 6 7/8 x 1 in. (26.7 x 17.5 x 2.5 cm)
H x W x D (Handle): 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
purses (bags)
Place collected:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Black beaded purse with lavender flowers from Mae's Millinery Shop. The purse is oblong and is covered all over in seed beads. On each side near the bottom are two (2) lavender flowers with red centers and green leaves. A silver scrollwork border is beaded around the edges, with the ground color black. Loops of black beaded fringe hang from the bottom of the bag. There is a short black beaded handle attached by metal loops on either side of the top, which hinges open using a metal bar with a knob closure at the center. The interior is lined in blue synthetic fabric, with a coin purse style pocket having a metal knob closure attached at the interior center. There are no labels.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture