Rare bronze beaded Bohemian made purse/handbag, dating to the mid 1800’s.
The plastic frame is made from an early celluloid designed to mimic real tortoiseshell. Up until this time, the only natural plastic was tortoiseshell, whether ‘blonde’ from the top of the shell, or black from the belly.
Because of this development of the first plastic, the trade in tortoiseshell was much diminished.
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