Welcome to Celtic Mink Jewelry! Discover our beautiful collection of handmade chainmail purses and bags crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Our bright aluminum purses are a historical recreation of the classic mail or mesh bags, also known as chainmail purses, that date back to the Middle Ages.
Each of our chainmail purses is made by hand, with every jump ring-opened and closed twice to ensure durability and longevity. In addition, our crossbody strap design provides comfortable and convenient use, making these bags perfect for everyday use or special occasions.
The first bags were made by hand from interlocking metal rings. Companies sent the links to housewives, who assembled the mesh at home.
Early chain bags had handles with a finger-ring attachment so a small purse could be held by a finger while a woman was dancing.
Mesh purses were made of nickel silver by 1895.
We also offer special order marvelous purse kits, which allow you to create a wider variety of styles at home. We can even accommodate custom requests, so please contact us if you have a unique design.
Chainmail purses have a rich history, dating back to the 1700s when artisans spent weeks creating these bags by hand. Knights often carried chainmail bags alongside their armor. By the 1820s, chainmail purses had become a popular and elegant addition to any woman’s wardrobe. They were crafted from gold, sterling silver, German silver, gunmetal, and even less expensive metals like steel.
At Celtic Mink Jewelry, we offer a modern take on this classic design, perfect for any fashion-forward individual looking to make a statement. Our chainmail purses are inspired by the shiny and dazzling bags of the flapper era, with bold and colorful patterns, geometric shapes, and wildlife designs.
Though chainmail purses declined in popularity during World War II due to metal
rationing, they made a brief comeback in the 1950s. Today, vintage metal mesh purses can still be found in antique shops and boutiques, while new creations can be found in high-end stores.