1800s Midnight Blue Velvet and Cut Steel Evening Bag

This wonderful bag dates from the mid 19th century. It features a captivating colour and pristine cut steel - the perfect combination.

Condition Report:

Very Good - Some wear to the silk lining of the bag. This is consistent with age and use. It is not visible when worn. 


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The Details...

This evening bag is made from deep blue velvet and is detailed with a design and tassels constructed from cut steel beads. It is lined with silver coloured silk and fastens with a drawstring, pulled open and closed by silver tone metal open link chain. The bag features one large central compartment. The bag measures 18.5cm x 14cm.  

A Short History...

From the late 1700s through to the mid 1800s, cut steel was a highly popular material in accessories manufacture. It sparkled like diamonds, but was less expensive. However, it catered for a middle class of enthusiast being more costly than paste. It was a particularly coveted material in French society, when Napoleon's second Empress, Marie-Louise commissioned sets made out of cut steel and she made it very fashionable indeed. 

Wear it With...

This evening bag would be perfect paired with a midnight blue blazer for evening cocktails. 

  • Colour Blue, Silver
  • Occasion Cocktail and Evening, The Festive Season, Wedding Guest