in 1969, shortly after I was married, I found and purchased this wonderful purse in an antique shop in Arizona. The note "made by O.G.F.B. 1918" was inside.
Years later ( 1980's) I began going to antique shows in search of interesting objects to use in my handmade jewelry.
I discovered misers purses and broken beaded bags that I thought could be beautifully recycleled into creative necklaces.
In my antiquing I also uncovered purses too nice to recycle, and too inexpensive to ignore, so I began collecting.
If you also enjoy collecting, and are enamored with these beauties of the past, I highly recommend you consider joining this online group. It was founded in 2003 by Melissa Overforff and it has been growing in membership every year. The group has an online museum for members that is spectacular, and all kinds of helpful information. There is a link on our contact page.
I am one of the newest members and went to the May 2012 annual gathering. I was assigned a wonderful mentor because I didn't know anyone. I learned a lot. I enjoyed the diversity and the combined knowledge of the group. It is a wonderful way to share a passion.