1920s Art Deco Celluloid and Paste Vintage Minaudière

So typical of its time, this chic bag was created in the 1920s.

Condition Report:

Very Good - One paste stone is missing, the tassel has lost a few threads and there are some faint scratches to the surface of the celluloid. These aspects do not detract from the overall appeal of the piece and the bag still functions well. 

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The Details...

This rectangular minaudière is made from black celluloid. It's detailed on both sides with an arrow-head design set with small, round, colourless paste stones and a round blue and green marbled glass cabochon. Inside the bag there is one central compartment. The bag is stamped on the inside with the number 24 in both places. The bag features a knotted black silk thread handle and a black silk thread tassel. Both of these features are original. The bag measures 12cm x 7cm. The drop of the handle is 12cm. The length of the tassel is 10cm.

A Short History...

Celluloid was a highly popular material in jewellery and accessories manufacture during the 1920s. Newly pioneered injection molding processes, meant that cellulose could be used to produce many identical pieces at the same time. This resulted in the cost per item of celluloid pieces being very low and the material could therefore cater for post-war demands for affordable jewellery and accessories. 

Wear it With...

This evening bag would be perfect paired with a black silk maxi dress and leather jacket. 

  • Colour Turquoise, Diamante, Black
  • Era 1920s
  • Occasion Cocktail and Evening, The Festive Season, Wedding Guest
  • Trend Gatsby Glamour