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Top Rated Purses

At Historical Emporium, we have been selling authentic period clothing since 2003, with thousands of satisfied customers around the world.

We have sold hundreds of purses, and we listen closely to customer feedback to make sure we're delivering on the promise of unique, authentic clothing, world class service, and great prices.

We survey every customer to gauge their opinion of the products they bought, and put together this list of the top-ranked purses in our store.

Shop with confidence, knowing that these terrific purses have been tested and endorsed by our other customers, and that you will receive five star service along with a great value!


#1 Rated Purse
Beaded Medallion Purse - Black

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Ladies Accessories Black Beaded Fabric Metal Solid Medallion Purses |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Gifts for Her

ITEM 003618




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.69/5.00 stars from 16 reviews

The purse was/is great. It was exactly as advertised. Love it.
Nov 1, 2018
San Diego Ca
black jet purse
This purse does not close very well. But I can overlook this because the detail is Good .. For being made in china
Aug 18, 2016
Peggy Denton
Highland CA
Beaded bag
Was very happy about design and quality of this bag. The beading makes it quite study and heavy.
Jun 9, 2016
Britishfest babe

I appreciate the quickness in getting this to me. . . the purse is adorable. However top clasp does not snap shut. . . it easily opens and to return it would be too costly.
Mar 17, 2016
Diane Jorgenson
Livermore CA
A Beauty
This is a real beauty but unfortunately it does not fit my cell phone so I am able to use it. So disappointing since it is really well made and lovely to look at.
Nov 5, 2015
Portland OR
Beaded Medallion purse
Very showy, well made purse or to be precise reticule. A great compliment to any of my Victorian skirts and jackets. I chose black to go with all colours.
Mar 19, 2015

Historical accuracy
Beautiful purse, excellent beadwork.
May 25, 2014
Lethbridge Al
Everything I had hoped for
I am absolutely thrilled with this purse. It's even better than the pictures. Extremely elegant and I'm proud to carry it.
Nov 19, 2013
Beaded Medallion Purse-Black
Love this purse so much, I ordered it in the Olive and the Red also! The bead work is so intricate, it is just stunning. I ordered an entire outfit, Bristol Taffeta Suit-Garnet,Edwardian Hoop Underskirt, Camisole, Bloomers, Stockings, Victorian boots, Spats, Lace Gloves, Battenburg Lace Fan, Parasol, Hat, Lace Jabot with cameo, and a Cameo ring! Everything is fantastic! Thank you!
Sep 21, 2013
Peterborough On
19th century purse
I needed a suitable purse in a hurry for an event, and I got exactly what I was looking for very quickly. The purse is well made and has the right look and feel and provides the final touch to my period outfit. I am delighted!
Jul 9, 2013
Linda B
Carlisle PA
Much More Beautiful In Person
Such an adorable accessory ! Much more purse than I had expected for the price ! I would highly recommend this item. Very well made and I am sure it will adorn my Civil War Costume in high style ! A must have in my opinion.
Jan 19, 2013
Fran Zahri
Plymouth NC
Dec 15, 2012
Glen Harvey
San Francisco Ca
Purse was exactly as described and the wide mouth opening makes it much more practical than it seems when closed.
Nov 13, 2012
Importance of...
The perfect accessory...
...for a woman with Victorian tastes:) The purse is lovely, well made, and has some heft to it as well - a very correct complement to the steampunk Halloween costume I'm putting together and also appropriate for more modern use as an evening bag. Shipping was lightning fast.
Aug 25, 2012

Wife LOVED it! She said it looked even better than in the ad..high quality, and went perfect with her dress..arrived fast as usual, and the customer service is BEYOND AWESOME..couldn't be happier! Looking forward to placing more orders..LOVE this store! thanks again!
Jul 6, 2012
J.R. Strachan
Roseville CA


#2 Rated Purse
Oblong Rose Purse - Gray

 Victorian Old West Ladies Accessories Gray Beaded Fabric Metal Solid Floral Purses |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 003614




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.80/5.00 stars from 5 reviews

Best little purse in the west
I am going to use this for my wedding and it's PERFECT!! Quality product at a reasonable price! I will definitely be ordering more items from Historical products again! I am a Victorian girl in a modern world :)
Sep 6, 2013
Barb K
Rancho Cucamonga CA
The Perfect Little Purse
This beautiful little purse works so well and is pretty. I'm so glad I was able to find it at The Historical Emporium. I love it.
Aug 9, 2013
Shelly T.
Long Branch Ne
Clara Barton
Love,Love,Love this little purse. Just the right size, opens wide,will sit on table. The beading is beautiful. Has a great vintage feel,classy.Clara Barton
Apr 5, 2013
Clara Barton
Millbury Ma
A very pretty purse, exactly as described and pictured.
Nov 13, 2012
Importance of...
A must-have
This is THE accessory you need to complete your Victorian evening costume. I love the fact that you can carry it in two different ways (adaptable).
Nov 15, 2011


#3 Rated Purse
Velvet Purse - Black

 Victorian Old West Ladies Accessories Black Velvet Synthetic Purses |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 007442




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Absolutely Beautiful
Everything I have ordered from Historical Emporium has been top quality and perfect for what I needed. This Vintage purse is a dream come true! I've been looking everywhere for years for this purse and was thrilled when I saw you have it!! The only problem was I wanted them all in each color!! But have chosen black to go with everything until I can order another. I have been wearing only vintage clothing and accessories for over 20 years and have just now found the purse. The problem with other purses are they are too small to carry what most women need. But this one is a wonderful size, will hold everything and is still small enough to look and feel right. Thank You for a beautiful purse and for so many others is different styles!! It's difficult to decide they are all so perfect and good quality and price. Love your company and tell everyone about you that asks me about my style and clothing.
Jul 12, 2019
Velvet Beauty
Beautiful pouch with handle and draw string deceivenly deep enough for all the essentials, great for historical dress ups or any night out!
Sep 13, 2018
Melbourne Vi
Cute Purse
Cute little purse that I can use with my Victorian style outfits.
Aug 10, 2018
Karen Haynes
Virginia Beach VA


#4 Rated Purse
Beaded Medallion Purse - Red

 Victorian Old West Ladies Accessories Red Beaded Fabric Metal Solid Medallion Purses |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 003617




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 8 reviews

Very happy
Going to a roaring 20s gala. Bought purse to accessorize in red. Beautiful!
Sep 5, 2019

Love it
The purse is well made and a beautiful accent piece.
May 16, 2019
Lady B
Sacramento CA
Love it
May 2, 2019
Lady B
Sacramento CA
Item Review
The purse matched my outfit perfectly and was period appropriate! I had some ask where did you get that? Historical Emporium of course!
May 31, 2018
Orlando FL
I got so many compliments on this purse, I will wear it for many years to come, very well made, never seen anything like, planning on buying the black one!!!
Nov 3, 2016
Red Medallion Purse
Love this purse!!! Went to a Steampunk Themed Wedding on Sept 13th and had wonderful comments about this purse. Everyone loved it! It is made of high quality material and the size is right. What I love is I can use this for any special occasion..
Sep 22, 2013
Milwaukee WI
classy purse
No Victorian, or modern, should be without this gorgeous, blingy purse. Sassy red lining on the inside. Quality through and through.
Aug 30, 2013
Potluck Polly
Colorado Springs Co
Very striking against a black Victorian dress. Excellent quality. Nice touch to have the two different lengths of chain which are easy to change out.
Jul 26, 2012
R. Stan
Shalimar FL


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