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1) Inventory # A00413
: 50's Navy Leather Box Bag
Box bags were the rage in the early 50s and this is a cutie! The sides make for a sculptural trapezoidal shape. The wide strap handle is mounted to the top with shiny brass straps. A gold turn style latch fastens the envelope flap. Spotless red leather lines the interior and forms the open pocket whose front carries a metal zip pocket. Unmarked but solidly constructed. Excellent condition. Measures 10 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4"
Descriptors: 1950s, Blue/Navy, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
2) Inventory # C00176
: Aries Mexico accordion style black leather bag
Great accordion style black leather bag by Aries Mexico with a wonderful silver Hoop Art Deco clasp and silver frame. The gusset areas are free from the frame, allowing the bag to open wide. The tan suede interior features one open and one metal zip pocket. The lining shows some pen marks and one stain on an inner gusset surface. There is some wear, but it's a lovely, ample sized, sturdy bag with real flair. Measures 11 3/4 x 1 x 9 1/4" with a double layer 14" handle.
Descriptors: Aires Mexico, Art Deco, Black/Gray, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
3) Inventory # F00047
: Artcraft Gray Faux Ostrich Leather Handbag
Stylish and substantial, this remarkable bag by Artcraft Bag Studios has a lot to offer! It is certainly dignified, but not stuffy. Two spherical rivets secure the top ends of the handle, joining the middle in a shiny gold link. The other handle ends attach to the body behind gold metal plates. flat side panels cover the side gussets, presenting a neat, sculptural look. The gold rectangle box latch lifts to reveal a beautiful black leather lined interior, marked with the Artcraft logo above and open pocket, lined in the gray leather of the body. Below this pocket there are 3 more open pockets with included vintage mirror and comb residing in their own places. A large metal zip pocket inhabits the opposite side 9of the interior. Defects include a few chips in the gray finish of the handle and bottom corners and flexure wear at both ends of the handle (see detail.) Measures 8 3/4 x 4 x 8 1/4".
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Descriptors: 1950s, Artcraft Bag Studios, Black/Gray, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
4) Inventory # B00153
: Bienen-Davis chestnut brown leather handbag
A warm chestnut brown leather handbag by Bienen-Davis, beautifully crafted and sculptural in its detail. The angular top line and engraved gold lift up latch have great Art Moderne flair. The spotless brown satin interior features three open pockets and one metal zip pocket. A large square double-sided mirror in a matching brown satin case is included. Some slight surface wear front and back (See detail). Measures 9 x 2 1/4 x 8 inches.
Descriptors: Bienen-Davis, Brown/Earth Tones, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
5) Inventory # H00031
: Black Leather Berne' of California Handbag w Wasp Waist
The Wasp Waistline was a Victorian fashion silhouette, revived in the 1950s. The style is echoed in this Berne' of California bag whose nipped in contour is trimmed in a graceful "V" on the front. A sparkling gold latch opens to the spotless beige vinyl lined interior, marked with the Berne' logo in gold on the open pocket. Behind this is a metal zip pocket, lined in dark brown faille. Excellent condition in all respects. Measures 9 1/2 x 3 x 10" with a 14" handle.
Descriptors: 1950s, Berne' of California, Black/Gray, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
Status: On Hold
6) Inventory # A00049
: Black Mexican tooled leather shoulder bag
Black Mexican tooled leather shoulder bag. Front surface has two roomy, open pockets, embellished with "Aztec Calendar" design. The back has similar pockets with a floral motif. Top surface of the bag has two snap closure red cotton lined change purses, one on either side of the heavy metal 10" zipper. The interior of the bag is fully lined in black suede with one open side pocket and one center snap closure pocket. Marked on the flap "Artecuos De Piel, Maraf". Excellent Condition. Measure 11" x 4 1/2" x 9" Strap Measures 36".
Descriptors: Black/Gray, Leather Handbags, Mexico, Shoulder Bag, Tooled Leather
7) Inventory # E00081
: Black Suede pouch bag
Just loved this Black Suede pouch bag at first sight! The style points to a late 40's-early 50's date. Black matte taffeta glows behind the cut work trim on the envelope flap. The gold metal latch flips forward, releasing the flap, threaded onto a metal pin through an eyelet. The immaculate black taffeta lining matches the taffeta used on the flap trim and is fitted with divided gold-corded open pocket and a metal zip pocket. The Talon zipper points to a US maker. Excellent condition inside and out. Measures 8 x 2 1/2 x 7 1/2".
Descriptors: 1940s, Black/Gray, Leather Handbags, Suede
8) Inventory # A00622
: Brown reptile convertible shoulder bag
Brown reptile convertible shoulder bag with hand stitched edge detail. Black and brown detailing of the skin is most handsome. The double 15” handles can slide out to form a 27” shoulder bag strap. The twin snap latch shows some rust and discoloration that fortunately doesn’t show when the bag is closed. The interior is fully lined in medium brown leather with two large open pockets. There is no maker’s mark, but the bag is of South American origin. Measures 9 ¼ x 2 ¼ x 8 ½”.
Descriptors: Brown/Earth Tones, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags, Shoulder Bag
9) Inventory # H00058
: Brown Tolled Leather Handbag by Mikes Mge. Mexico
So many tolled bags are huge! This one is petite and charming. The large single flower design adorns the front, back and envelope flap which closes firmly with a turn style latch. Oval metal trim surrounds the front handle attachments. The brown leather lined interior carries the makers mark on the inside of the flap and a single open pocket on the back interior wall. Excellent condition overall with minor surface wear to the handles (see detail.) Measures 7 1/4 x 4 x 6 1/2 with double 12" handles.
Descriptors: 1950s, Brown/Earth Tones, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags, Mexico
10) Inventory # H00034
: Caprice Black Leather Handbag w Off-Center Latch
Solid construction and understated style make this black leather handbag a prime example of Caprice Handbag design. The front cutout frames the large gold filigree latch which lifts to open. Inside, tan mushroom vinyl forms a single large metal zip pocket adorned with the Caprice fabric label. Dates ca. 1965. See detail for the only condition issues, a few hidden pen marks in the lining gusset. Measures 10 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 8 with a 12" handle.
Descriptors: 1960s, Black/Gray, Caprice, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags