Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vintage or not????

So the other day I was dragged to the antique store by Jennifer. And while I was there I spied this lovely little purse. I feel in love with the seed beads on it. They are faceted which I find unique.

The lady that had the booth told me that the purse was from around 1910. The price was good enough that I bought it and I am going to use these in some new piece of jewelry. But what I want to know is....Is there a way to tell when beads were made? There has got to be a way to tell how old they are. I don't want to lie and say Vintage seed beads when they could have been only 10 years old. Anybody know the answer....let me know. All I know is that I loved the color and and how they are faceted.

Ok...UPDATE...on my search for more info, I found a similar beaded purse at this website. Here is a picture of it. Kinda similar right? Same shape/design. This one is in way better shape though obviously. I also learn the difference between Vintage and Antique. So assuming that my purse is from the same era, they would be antique seed beads. Awesome!

I will leave you with another picture I took this morning...It was too cool not to stop. It was the Moon setting into the mountains....I always see the sun....but it was a rare treat to see the moon clear and bright slowing moving behind the mountains....


Nerissa Alford said...

Oooh, those beads are pretty! When I go to the MD bead show they always have bead identification there from the DC museum. I don't know if you have something like that available to you. I know there's a bead museum in Phoenix! The sad thing is I lived there & never went!
That picture with the moon is gorgous!

Shelly said...

That is a beautiful purse. I tried taking a pic of the moon yesterday too, but no luck. Stupid camera phone. LOL

LisaHoffman said...

Don't you LOVE It when your friends drag you into cool shops!!!????

Tatieva said...

Oh, c'est toi qui a assemblé toutes ces perles ??? Mais il faut une patience d'ange, fantastique !

debvandet said...

Share the story, and let the buyer decide, but it looks antique to me. Are you making something special with these beads? I can't wait to see it.

Thanks for sharing.