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Evans Mother of Pearl Compact Wristlet Handbag, 1950s

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What a beauty! This Evans silver tone wristlet handbag with a rhinestone embellished mother-of-pearl inlaid top has two gold tone compartments for everything from a powder compact to a coin carrier. The Evans Co. can trace it's roots back to early American button makers and in the early 1900's wisely saw an opportunity to branch out into compact vanity cases. Over the years, the cases became more than utilitarian which eventually led to compacts which could also perform double duty as evening bags. This beauty pops open on one side to reveal a mirror, powder compartment, a comb with sleeve, a spring loaded coin carrier, sleeve for lipstick and an open compartment possibly for cash. The second compartment was probably used for cigarettes with a hinged bar to keep everything in place. The handbag measures 3.25" x 5.5" x 1" with a 10.5" chain handle which allows for a 4.75" drop. This Evans piece is made with beautiful details and the quality of high end costume jewelry. The color variations in the mother-of-pearl inlay is particularly eye catching with shades of brown, pink, taupe and minty green. Good condition with a few notable exceptions including some patina to the silver tone finish, a missing lipstick container and the mirror has a crack as shown in photograph 7. A beautiful option for an evening bag or an objet d'art for a dressing table.


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  • Dimensions
    Width: 3.25 in. (8.26 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Length: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Style
    Glam (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Evans creates a beautiful compact wristlet handbag from silver tone metal with gold tone interior compartments and mother of pearl decoration embellished with rhinestones.
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The original lipstick tube is missing and the interior mirror has a crack. Please see description for details.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU48733567471

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
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