June 9, 2011Jewel Tone Purses
By Sara In AZ
I spotted this Poodle Purse in an antique store awhile back, but I was in one of those “I’ll think about it” modes. After we left the store I kept on talking about this Poodle Purse over and over and over to my husband who was probably about to go insane with all this Poodle Purse talk! I decided that I had to have it, but when I went back to the store the purse was gone. I was heartbroken. A few days later, after my husband and I had finished dinner one evening, I walked through the living room and there was my Poodle Purse sitting on the couch! I could not believe my eyes!!! Mike had gone back to the store, all on his own, and bought the purse for me. Did I ever tell you how much I love you sweetie!!!
So now I was on a quest to find out what this purse was all about. There were no markings or manufacturers label anywhere. I thought the purse looked very similar to the Enid Collins style purses, but there were no Collins marks on this purse. I hunted around the internet and eventually found out that my purse was a kit purse called Jewel Tone and you put together the purse entirely on your own. How cool is that! Wow, I wish they still had these kits around today in Joann’s or Michael’s. Jewel Tone handbags were manufactured by a company called General Crafts and these purses retailed for approximately $10.
Here is a deadstock Jewel Tone purse that seller http://myworld.ebay.com/ucc.vintageclothing-2009 sold for $44.99. I think this purse is completely adorable with the seahorse and shells on it.
Here is a close-up of the leaflet from the ‘Sea Shells’ purse auction.
Here is another deadstock Jewel Tone purse. Seller http://myworld.ebay.com/popgems sold this sweet ‘Red Roses’ handbag for $50.99.
Here is a picture of the original box that the ‘Red Roses’ handbag came in.
And here is a picture of the leaflet from the ‘Red Roses’ purse auction. I spy that ‘Sea Shell’ purse in there!
Here is a cute little horse and buggy purse called ‘Carriage’ that seller http://myworld.ebay.com/open2cu2day had for sale for $50. This handbag is obviously already put together, but still comes with it’s original box.
Here is a sweet little Jewel Tone purse called ‘Flowers’ sold by seller http://myworld.ebay.com/sbonquist for a mere $9.49.
Here is a close-up of the leaflet from the ‘Flowers’ purse auction.
And here is the original box from the ‘Flowers’ purse auction.
I found a few close-ups of some Jewel Tone purse brochures at this link –
click the link for more brochure pictures.
Hooray, there is my Poodle Purse #902!
Now I’ll probably be on the lookout for more Jewel Tone purses!
Does anyone else out there have a Jewel Tone purse?