Evans Rhinestone Sunburst Carryall, ca. 1950
This is an evening purse that was my mother's. I wasn't allowed to touch it, but I could remember she'd go dancing. My father took her absolutely every place, all over the West. And I know when they got dressed up, she had that purse on her wrist and she was rocking. APPRAISER (laughs): This is a great piece. This is from the 1950s. This is by Evans. There's lipstick. We have a coin change... Now, for ten cents, we're not going to get much today, but at that time, it used to be a phone call.
A phone call. APPRAISER (laughs): We have a little comb here, and then this opens up to have powder.
Evans is an American company, and they're known for making compacts, and this is not technically a compact. It is a purse, beautifully done with just so many different shapes of crystal rhinestones. We've got squares, pairs, rounds, and even the back. This is called the Sunburst Design. And it is worn on the wrist. That's what this handle is for. Uh-huh. And she kept it in such immaculate condition because she didn't let you touch it.
And she had it in this little bag, which is a good idea to store rhinestones and other jewelry-- because they can scratch-- in a soft fabric pouch like this.
Now, the value? $500.
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