This is an absolutely fabulous vintage Waldybag, very rare, sought after and collectable. It is a silk handpainted and beaded evening bag from top end vintage brand, Waldybag. These bags were sometimes called 'sweetheart' bags as servicemen, especially US servicemen would buy them to send back home while stationed in the UK during WW2. A handbag like this is currently a main showpiece at the V&A in their Bags:Inside Out exhibition. It is in fantastic condition, almost pristine and still retains the original silk purse on a gilt chain. The technique for making these bags was pioneered by Florence Welch by a process where the flowers are handpainted and while the paint is wet tiny clear glass micro beads are embedded in the paint so that under artificial light the handbag really comes to life. It has a gilt frame and simple gilt clip over clasp, the sides of the frame being handpainted and the top of the frame covered in silk and handpainted. Even the handle is handpainted and has not lost any of the paint, looks unused. No loss of paint or scuffs, even to the base and corners. It's amazing that this handbag has survived in such excellent almost pristine condition. The original silk coin purse on a fine gold chain is still present and intact and the black silk lining is clean with little signs of wear. The slip pocket is edged in gilt and the silk coin purse is lined in pristine oyster silk. The gilt frame where unpainted is still shiny and unscratched with no tarnish. The Waldybag logo, one of the earliest designs, is embossed in gilt on the silk lining of the handbag but even without seeing the logo one would know that this is quintessentially from the Waldybag brand because of the style and quality of the handbag.
This fabulous and very collectable Waldybag is probably one of the best examples of handbags of this type anywhere, as many have suffered from age related foxing, bad storage, use, or all three! This handbag would make a marvellous addition to a vintage or contemporary wardrobe, it is sheer glamour yet understated and it oozes class. It could be used for evening or for smart or formal day wear such as weddings etc, it would look super against a gold silk 'mother of the bride' outfit, adding a touch of 'something old' and also something quite a bit different from the run of the mill 'occasion' bags,especially as HM the Queen and other royals wore Waldybags. As an heirlooom of the future it would make a perfect gift for her. Fabulous Christmas, birthday or wedding gift.
A piece of history. They just don't make them like this any more...
It is 6" x 6." x 3"