This reminded me to follow up as I said I would on this topic.
The on Ornamental Resources, another source for
handbag frames is below. Their catalog only shows gold & silver
tone (no sterling) frames, listed under Findings/Handbag Frames.
Probably they are simply plated or painted–I have not seen
Sterling ones in any catalog, though this doesn’t mean they
don’t exist–I suspect if you find them they might be vintage–or
you might have to have them made (or make them yourself).
Ornamental Resources is a possible resource for
though–if anyone knows what’s out there in the way of
vintage-type stuff, they probably do, as this is their
specialty. They carry a book with instructions on making
old-fashioned and newer style handbags, as well. They are on
line at http://www.ornabead.com, but their entire catalog is not
on line–only a portion of it is–The entire catalog costs $10
initially, as it is very large, in a binder which they update
frequently (you can also download their supplements online in
.pdf format). (usual disclaimer–I have no connection to this
vendor except as a satisfied customer):
Box 3010 - 1427 Miner St.
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Info/Cust Serv (303) 567-2222
Orders outside Denver area (800) 876-6762
Orders within Denver 279-2102
24-hr fax (303) 567-4245
Hope this helps.