vintage handbags

Performing Restoration Miracles on Antique Bags

* Judith Leiber: We offer full service for the total restoration of your Judith Leiber items.
Please visit our Judith Leiber Repairs page for the menu of all repairs offered.

* CHANEL: We offer full service for the total restoration of your CHANEL items.
Please visit our CHANEL Handbag Repairs page for the menu of all repairs offered.

* Whiting and Davis: All items restored as recommended by Whiting and Davis.
Please visit our Whiting and Davis Repairs page for the menu of all repairs offered.

Metal Handbags: From Sterling, Gunmetal, Mesh to gold plated pressed metal deco beauties, totally restored, relined and repaired as you wish.

BAKELITE PURSE TOP: Replaced broken (left) side piece to duplicate original remaining piece to attach to wrist strap.

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CARVED BAKELITE FRAME

  1. Frame restored where broken

  2. Body replaced with vintage velvet including handle

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

MAGID PRESSED METAL HANDBAG

Tarnished and faded handles re-plated to match the color of the bag.  Frame and clasp restored, exterior cleaned, bag returned to perfect vintage condition,.

14 KARAT GOLD MESH PURSE

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The fine 14 karat gold mesh is re-attached to the frame (as before) with all other tears restored and missing mesh replaced.

Gunmetal mesh Victorian Purse restored, including repair of holes, re-attaching to frame, and re-lining as before.

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lining replaced

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

*Painted Silk Antique Bag:  In our attempt to restore (where fabric is delicate, suffering from aging and dry rot due to aging ...we mounted the fabric on vintage inspired silk, repainted, embroidered, re-backed and hand stitched the painted portrait of the “Native American inspired Princess” as well as the painted “Forest Scene.”

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

All original embroidery restored and transferred to fabric (reproduced ,antiqued and dyed - exact replication of original.)

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Reticule Bag of “ladies golfing” - ravaged by time - and now perfect again!

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

After completing the transfer of images,  to silk - the body of the bag was installed onto the original lining and drawstring structure.  The completed bag then received an exact replacement for the missing tassel

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FRENCH EMPIRE REVIVAL SILK PURSE

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

All embroidery (using gold metallic threads, as before) was redone.

Using antique horse eye shaped paillettes and period round paillettes and cut steel beads, all detailed areas were restored.

Lock was installed and bag set back onto frame, looking wonderful again.

All embroidery (using gold metallic threads, as before) was redone.

Using antique horse eye shaped paillettes and period round paillettes and cut steel beads, all detailed areas were restored.

Lock was installed and bag set back onto frame, looking wonderful again.

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

WIENER WERKSTÄTE

Restoration of original beaded bag.  Removed from metal frame - returning to originally intended draw string design.

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*Frame Restoration or Replacement:   stone replacement, re-beading, enamel repair, hinge restoration  replace missing pieces  or complete frame  replacement.

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC
Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

*Needlepoint, Petit Point Embroidery:  Restored , re-framed including re-sewing damaged or  incomplete areas.

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

Antique Austrian Petit Point Bag Re-set bag’s body into the channel of frame and secure as before with interior binding.

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

Josef Beaded bag - France

Replacing the beading, lining and even the missing beading on the thumb pull.

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC
Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

Fringe Replacement and Bead Replacement:  Replaced using coordinated colors and sizes to restore.

GLASS BEADED TWIST FRINGE:
Restored by adding missing fringe (right side) as original.

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*Re-framing Handbags: switching a bag from one frame to another, including reformatting a bag to fit just the perfect frame.

Removed scenic bag from the simple frame.

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Altered the sides and top of the bag, in order to fit onto the more ornate jeweled frame, including lengthening the side openings from 1” to 2” to fit properly

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

CARVED CELLULOID PURSE FRAME
Set on a vintage purse body .
Supplied a wonderful chain handle

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Transforming vintage drawstring handbag and transferring it onto this magnificent carved celluloid frame.

VINTAGE NEEDLEPOINT PURSE

Replaced broken (original) frame by adding a replacement (vintage) gold tone metal frame and chain.

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Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

VICTORIAN MINI PURSE

* removed remnant of broken handle.
*polished the frame, removing rust and verditris.
*replaced the handle, using vintage faux tortoise.

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POIROT

Carved Celluloid Frame

Handcrafted buttons to match frame, including circular pull - attaching vintage velvet frame and tassel.

Antique French frame: replaced missing stones, removed vertigre, installed   body of bag and lining.

*Diamante: total restoration from stone and settings to total repair of torn areas and re-finishing frame.

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* Frame: 150+ stones replaced
*All bezel set stones connected
*Total cleaning so that all aspects glitter on this sterling diamanté rare treasure.

Mesh repaired and replaced as well as prong set rhinestones using vintage pieces

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*Bead Restoration: total restoration, including replacement of missing beads and holes repaired on both handbags and other beaded items

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FRENCH BEADED BAG WITH LIMOGES CAMEOS ON FRAME

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Fringes totally restored on antique scenic beaded bags, using only matching vintage beads to maintain style and coloration

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC
Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

VICTORIAN WRIST PURSE:
1. gold plated purse frame
2.replaced missing pearls on frame
3.sewed on ball and looped fringe.
4.set body of purse onto frame as originally intended.

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Restored missing beadwork on tassels, and restore all torn areas.  Added a vintage frame (after offering several for the client to approve) then styling a vintage lining (replete with lace trim).

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC
Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

*Deco Box Bags: Rebuild from scratch, reshaping, re-mirroring, re-lining.

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

*Deco Framed Bags: replace damaged or “shedding” suede, moth eaten wool, worn leather exterior to duplicate original or alter according to your requirements and requests.

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*Suede Stain Transfer: Deco suede bags restored and made wearable again while keeping shape and style.

Fabulous Deco Suede Handbag
Original (shedding and torn) handbag body was duplicated (using fine suede) and then installed on the original frame, allowing our client to continue enjoying her mother’s treasured handbag.

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*Missing or Damaged Parts Replaced: Including stud feet, handle parts and shoulder straps or wrist chains.

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

*Re-lining: Replication of original lining, similar styles and materials always used.

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*Alligator: no repair too difficult, from handle replacements or repair - to restyling.

Deco Alligator Handbag:

1. Replace the handle with genuine alligator handle - as before.

2. Re-finished the exterior - restoring damaged areas, returning color, including moisturizing, polishing.

RETURNED TO WONDERFUL CONDITION AGAIN.!

Pricilla of Paris
Vintage Alligator Handbag
Handles replaced with vintage chain as requested by client.

Vintage Handbag from Cuba:

Restored the damaged alligator decoration, body of bag -then replacing torn strap with deco bakelite chain.

Deco Exotic Skin Handbag:

Restored the skin tab, re-attached the original metal finding (right side of bag) and supplied a new shoulder chain. My client chose this vintage gold plated belt for the updated look. Completing the work, we polished, moisturized and touched up the wonderful bag.

*Fabric Handbags: From fabric replacement to restoration of badly worn areas.

Customized hand sewn body for antique purse me, keeping all lines (original to underlining) as well as style of original.

Decorations on trees and coloration of monkey blends with the genuine coral stones on this magnificent antique purse frame.

ONE OF MY FAVORITES FOR A CLIENT WHO ENJOYS MONKEY SUBJECTS AS WELL.

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC
Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

1. Restored the metallic fringe and saved from future fraying.
2. Replaced the torn / worn piping with (unused) vintage piping, hand sewn.
3. Sandwiched (vintage unused) stiffening lining to assure shape in the future.
4. Replaced missing rhinestones were needed.

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1. Polished frame, preserving antique finish.
2. Replaced lining with same peach colored fabric, vintage-style lace.
3. Sandwiched (vintage unused) stiffening lining to assure shape in the future.

Vintage Repairs by Linda LLC

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