interesting point... i have not checked beads material. Now I tried to scratch it with the knife, and it looks very hard... harder then steel (I have used very sharp $500 knife - has 62 hardness by Rockwell, not a smallest scratch! It suppose to be glass or even carbide something... Such steel developed only 15 years ago) Its also too black and shiny for steel.
i am absolutely not expert (not in french silver) - I have medium collection of English and American silver. My approximation of the item age based on fabric quality and aging, silver surface quality (ugly from inside), and 'wiped' hallmarks. I never seen older 19th century silver so 'wiped'. This is 99% French item (I purchased it from French family), bee is a 'french love', swans, womans head (minerve?) - all that looks like French design. French, Russian and English silver has very detailed 'systematisation' of hallmarks - at least in 19th century. It should be makers marks, duty marks, date, silver quality town marks etc. Nothing even close on this purse. Only bee (complicated enough by the way) - but stamped very ugly, and five round hallmarks in the corners (2 corners) of purse silver 'bows'.
i afraid to make mistake - its complicated item, quality material, etc . I belive this is older silver... Will wait - maybe someone know this bee mark.
i am very thankfull for you reply - appriciate any help.