Two delicate, handmade beaded dragonfly appliques, most likely from the Roaring 20s. The larger applique is made with silver, white, and black beads, and the smaller applique is made with white and silver beads.
Each are strung with wire and attach with at one small point to an item such as a piece of clothing, a hat, or other accessory. When attached, they flutter slightly but keep their shape.
These dragonfly hand-beaded appliques were found in a vanity box dating from the 1860s in or around Virginia. However, they might have been used in the 1920s by the granddaughters of the original owner of the box.
The large dragonfly measures 3 x 4 inches. The small dragonfly measures 2 x 2 3/8 inches.