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May 9, 2017

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Jan Agnello’s antique coin purse necklaces make a statement. And tell a story.

 

The designer/founder: Agnello graduated with an advertising degree from Washington State University and worked in sales, creating advertising campaigns for radio, television, and newspapers. She later made a corporate move to Atlanta for her husband’s career.

The company: Storyology Design started in Atlanta  in 2013 as a way for Agnello to be creative and combine two of her passions: antiques and the stories that go with them.  It specializes in antique coin purse necklaces produced between 1830 and 1930.

What’s popular: Commemorative and souvenir purses highlighting historical events. Also the tam o’ shanter-style purses. Prices range from $195 to $245. Extremely rare coin purse necklaces have sold for $800 plus.

Other favorites: “Kiss Thimble Tassel Necklaces,” using antique Victorian thimbles and turning them into necklaces ($60 to $95). In creating the line, Agnello took inspiration from the book “Peter Pan,” where a thimble symbolized a kiss.

Fun request: Customers ask me to design necklaces using their own family purses and other trinkets.

Claim to fame: Selling rare, early 1930’s Mickey Mouse coin purse necklace, an early silent film novelty man in the moon coin purse necklace, and a commemorative 1889 Paris Exhibition Eiffel Tower coin purse necklace.

Where to buy: Storyologydesign.com. In the Atlanta area, at Scott Antique Market (North Building) in Jonesboro (May 11-14) or the second weekend of each month and the Lakewood 400 Antique Market (H Hall), in Cumming (May 19-21) or every third weekend of the month.

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Eiffel Tower Purse

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One Comment
  1. Lee permalink

    These pieces are beautiful and so unique. I am sure there is a story behind each of them.

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