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. Please note, that this bag may have also had a fold over clasp at some point and this is now no longer present. Therefore, only very lightweight items can be carried in this bag. If any weight moves into the front of the case, it can fall open. I would advise that you, therefore, clutch the bag when carrying it too. Rather than just allowing it to hang from your wrist.

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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. 

    Product Details


    Data sheet

    Art Deco
    Cocktail and Evening
    All that Glitters

    The jewellery within the Gemma Redmond Vintage collection has survived to this day because it has been well cared for throughout its lifetime. It is important to continue to care for the jewellery that you buy from us to ensure its continued preservation. Here are some suggestions:

    - Be sure to store your jewellery within the boxes that we provide to ensure that it is protected. This is especially important when travelling with your pieces.

    - Try not to get perfume or hairspray on your items. These liquids can damage the materials that our jewellery is made from.

    - Try not to drop your jewellery or catch your jewellery against hard surfaces. If this happens over time, the findings and fixings can loosen and wear.

    - Try not to get your jewellery wet. Some costume jewellery manufacturers utilised water soluble glue in the making of their pieces. Getting your jewellery wet could cause rhinestones and other details to fall away over time.

    - If you wish to clean your jewellery, use a soft polishing cloth or a soft brush.