Elegance of Victorian era to go on display at Cherry Valley museum

Special to The Press-Enterprise

Victorian artifacts from purses to pitchers are part of the Victorian Splendor exhibit opening Saturday at the Edward-Dean Museum in Cherry Valley.

It will feature a collection of beaded purses dating from 1850 to 1900 that are owned by Jean Nemer, of the San Diego area. Redlands-area collectors also contributed items, including furnishings and jewelry from the same period.

The purses, several of which were displayed a few years ago at the Redlands Historical Glass Museum, are festooned with glass beads and fastened with clasps of silver or gold. Some are clutches and others hang from beaded straps.

Nemer began collecting beaded purses more than 30 years ago in Chicago. She now has more than 100, spanning 100 years from the 1850s to the 1950s.

"I find them a fascinating and very feminine accessory," Nemer said.

The exhibit depicts the elegance of life in the Victorian era. Items lent by Chris and Yuki Johnson, of Redlands, include a ceramic bride's bowl, delicately painted and set into a silver chariot with angels at its front and back.

Also from the Johnsons' collection are a metal urn in Egyptian Revival style and an elegant silver pitcher.

Jimmi Mitchell, of Redlands, contributed a carved wooden Victorian corner chair with an original needlepoint cushion. Several wedding gowns are on display, along with a collection of salt cellars and delicate miniature glass vases belonging to Helen Saults, of Palm Springs.


An exhibit of Victorian era artifacts, called Victorian Splendor, will open this weekend at the Edward-Dean Museum.

Opening reception: 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission.

Where: 9401 Oak Glen Road, Cherry Valley.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors and students, children 12 and younger free.

Information: www.edward-deanmuseum.org or 951-845-2626.

From: www.pe.com/
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