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Black Beaded Clutch

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20th century
glass beads, synthetic fabric
Open: 5 3/4 × 6 × 3/8 in. (14.6 × 15.2 × 1 cm)
Close: 5 3/4 × 4 7/16 × 3/8 in. (14.6 × 11.3 × 1 cm)
Swirls of glass beads form a monochrome mosaic on this black clutch. In the front, a narrow flap folds over the semicircular clutch and closes with a metal snap. A hand grab permits the clutch to be held from the back. The glass beads follow a wave pattern on both front and back, including on the front flap, and are secured on a netting in a simple ladder stitch. The clutch’s sides and hand grab feature a straight ladder stitch pattern. The purse belonged to renowned scholar-librarian Dorothy Porter Wesley (1905-1995), who organized and developed an unparalleled collection rooted in African American history that would become the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University in Washington, DC.
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