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Handbag and purse - Waldybag


  • Object:

    Handbag and purse

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    early 1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    H Wald & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted satin decorated with glass beads and silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Deborah Wald

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The unusual decorative technique for this luxury evening bag was developed and executed by Florence Campbell and sold by H. Wald & Co. after the Second World War. Minuscule glass beads were applied to the flowers while the paint was still wet, creating a glistening, textured effect. These handbags were popular with the British royal family. Known as 'Waldybags', they were in complete contrast to the special shoulder bags designed to carry personal gas masks (compulsory in Britain throughout 1939-1945) that Wald & Co. had made during the War.

Physical description

Cream satin evening handbag with painted and glass-beaded decoration and a captive silk purse.

Place of Origin

England (made)


early 1950s (made)


H Wald & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted satin decorated with glass beads and silk

Descriptive line

Satin evening handbag 'Waldybag' with silk purse, made by H Wald & Co., England, early 1950s


Glass-beads; Silk (textile)


Painted; Satin


Accessories; Women's clothes; Evening wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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