The McFaddin-Ward House has recently installed two new display cases that will allow visitors to get closer to objects than they’ve ever been before. Brilliant, cool lighting in the cases highlight details of beads, gemstones, and craftsmanship. They sit below large portraits of Ida Caldwell McFaddin, the first lady of the house, and her sister, Ouida Caldwell Watts, who frequently visited. Future exhibits will often showcase items that belonged to the two. On exhibit now are “Purses and Accessories” that range in date from around 1900 to 1960, some engraved with the sisters’ monograms. We invite you to come and experience these objects like you never have before!
Beaded gold and turquoise purse, tassel trim, c. 1920
Metal necklace with blue speckled glass beads, c. 1920
Beige and white beaded clutch purse, by Jolles, c. 1940
Embroidered and beaded purse with brass closure and chain, made in France, c. 1930
Petit point purse, brass closure and chain, c. 1930