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Purses – New Bead Book 1924

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~ "The New Bead Book, 1924" ~

Early catalogues are a marvelous resource about the accessories of by-gone
days. This instruction booklet, dated 1924, came across my desk this month
and I wanted to share it. The illustrations are lovely, and the techniques

To quote from the book:

"From remote antiquity has come the use of
beads for personal adornment… Since the fourteenth century the manufacture
of beads has been a regular industry in Venice, and there are now a number
of European countries engaged in bead production. In our own time the
fashioning of beaded articles is not a fad… it is artistry.. in our
military hospitals beadwork whiles away many otherwise weary hours for the
convalescents, combining the making of articles for which they receive
compensation with a very pleasant pastime… A work of art always lives,
becoming enhanced by age in both value and sentiment."

"New Bead Book" published by
National Trading Company, Chicago and New York, 1924.

PURSE glass seed
beaded purse with a lovely peacock in a garden motif on both sides, lining
replaced, 6-2/3" by 11" .
View #P16715

Inside cover with
designs and adaptations by Emma Post Barbour.

Page 10 The
Egyptian Model No. 384 ~ a knitted bag on a frame.

Page 8 ~ Instructions
for The Egyptian,
shown at left.

Page 11 Lady
Gertrude Model No.625 ~ a crocheted drawstring bag.

Page 2 The Elizabethe ~
Model 101 ~ a knitted bag.

An actual purse made from the
"Elizabethe" pattern,
shown at left. View
Courtesy of Jackie Smith of
Arhyonel Beadwork & Restorations

Page 3 ~ The Miser Model
no.509 ~ a crocheted "miser’s" bag.
La Vogue Model no.527 ~ Rosebud Dewdrop ~ a crocheted dewdrop bag.

miser’s purse, knitted green and tan
stripes with cut steel bead work and enameled decorative capped ends. View

BEADED miser’s purse, knitted
ivory color cut steel bead work and fringe. The different fringes on each end made it easier
to determine which end of the bag held which items. #P20958

miser’s purse, red, brown & green knit. #P20959

Page 6 ~ Rosebud Dewdrop
Model No. 974 ~

BEADED pouch purse with Christian imagery with a
romantic handwritten World War I note from a soldier at the front inside
dated 1918. This is 18 inches from top to bottom of fringe.
View View

Page 14 ~ Miss
Chicago Model No.711 ~ a crocheted bag.
Coin Purse Model No.734 ~ a crocheted bag
For the business woman.

Victorian lady with a beaded bag, an unusual accessory to
able to see so well in pictures of that time.

FRENCH multi colored glass beaded bag
wreath pattern, 12" by 8". Interior lining has ribbon flower
edging. View

Page 7 ~ The Matinee
Model No.236 ~ a knitted bag ~ a charming bag for the afternoon.

FRENCH pouch bag with sterling frame and
fine glass beads in purple grapes and vines motif on gold background, 7"
by 12", clasp has amethyst-colored cabochons.
View #P20967

Page 15 The Fleur-De-Lis
Model No.787 ~ a crocheted bag.

Page 18 The Girdle Model
No.867 ~ a crocheted bag
La Poudre Puff Case Model No.891 ~ a crocheted bag
Dress Ornaments Nos. 1033 and 1035 ~ braided and needlework
Accessories for the evenings enjoyment.

Page 20 The
Boulevard Model No.418 ~ a knitted bag
To increase your pleasure in promenade.

flapper necklace with peacock eye motif, beaded balls, 38" total length.
View #Y16827

Page 22
Conventional Necklace Design No.43
Slipper Buckle Design No.81
Wrist Watch and Design No.11
Headband Design No.93
Rosebud Neckband Design No.33
Conventional Neckband Design No.35
A page of Loom Work.

BEADED 1-1/2" band with
pink and red roses, 52" long with a 5-1/2" fringe.
View #Y16828

Page 26
Forget-Me-Not Necklace Design No.1059
Lamp Shade Trimming Design No.1061
Hat Ornament with Pendant Design No.1082
Hat Trimming Design No.1085
Watch Fob with Initial Design No.50
Watch Fob – Conventional Design No.55
Needlework and Loom Work.

BEADED flapper sautoir in
translucent gray glass beads,
View #Y17287

Page 27 Bracelet Design
Rings Design Nos. 22 and 24
Bracelet Design No.1005
Headband Design No.40
Two-Strand Necklace Design No.1075
Sally’s Own Dewdrop Bag Model No.975
Loom Work, Braided, Needlework and Woven
A page for children.

PURSE aqua and
silvery glass seed bead purse with loop closure handle, 5" body with 2-3/4"
tassel, 4" looped handle.
View #P28606

PURSE cobalt
blue glass seed bead with black, brown, burgundy, sage and lavender
design drawstring purse, 7-1/2" by 10′ with 12" handle.
View #P28607

PURSE brown glass
seed bead crocheted drawstring purse, 5-1/2" by 7-1/2" with 12" handles.
View #P28608

Page 23 Plain Necklace Design
Plain Bracelet Design No.782A
Spiral Necklace Design No.783
Spiral Bracelet Design No.783A
Enriching the gown or blouse.

SEED BEAD sautoirs… the white one is 4 feet long.
View #Q20407
The pink is 66 inches long. #Q20408