After the Industrial Revolution that started around 1760 new manufacturing processes made it possible to create new materials. Additionally, products could be made much faster than before. New materials included papier mâché, iron, cut steel, and later aluminum and chrome. After World War II synthetics such as celluloid, PVC, Lucite and nylon were especially popular in purses and handbags.
Novelties and new materials
Black leather L.S. Straeter 'Lite-On' handbag with bulb and inner cosmetic compartment
The Netherlands, 1953.
Papier-mârché handbag covered with silk and cut steel sequins, with cut steel frame
Leather handbag with cut steel frame and decoration and compartment for sewing tools
France, ca. 1830.
Leather handbag with cover-sheet of tortoiseshell inlaid with mother-of-pearl
Silver metal armor mesh purse with openwork Art Nouveau-style silver metal frame
Small suitcase "Draadkoffer" made of leather and dish racks, Maria Hees
The Netherlands, 1979
Leather letter case with embossed text 'Souvenir' and inside lithographic image of a calander and city
Germany, early 19th C.
Snakeskin L.S. Straeter 'Lite-On' handbag with bulb and inner cosmetic compartment
The Netherlands, ca. 1953