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11) 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
12) Inventory # B00311
: Coblentz Black Leather Handbag
Coblentz is one of the oldest handbag makers in the US and this is a great example of their quality. The slim and stylish design features a striped metal top trim that functions as the latch. The handle moves smoothly from knobs with gear tooth edges. Spotless Black faille lines the interior and is beautifully finished with a shallow comb pocket, two open and one metal zip pocket. The Coblentz gold logo is faded but legible. Excellent condition in every respect. Measures 9 3/4 x 2 x 7 with a 16" handle.
Descriptors: 1950s, Black/Gray, Coblentz, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
13) Inventory # B00046
: De Liso Debs by Lenox Metallic Leather handbag
A Fabulous Metallic Leather geometric handbag that glows with pastel fire! Colors include mint green, gold, silver and light blue. The gold satin interior shows some abrasion and a few stray pen marks. The exterior is also not without its flaws in the form of slight abrasions. Carries the woven fabric label reading "De Liso Debs by Lenox." It's still a beauty and a real collector's bags. Measures 10 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 5 1/2".
Descriptors: 1960s, De Liso Debs by Lenox, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags, Multicolor, Pastels
14) Inventory # A00369
: Dofan of France Oyster leather Briefcase style handbag
Oyster leather Briefcase style handbag by Dofan of France. Handsome details include the shiny gold triangular snap latch, curvaceous handle hardware, and L-shaped trim highlighting with the lower front corners. The spotless oyster mushroom vinyl interior features two open and one metal zip pockets. On either side of the center of latching section are two spacious open pockets, ideal for gloves and sunglasses. Excellent condition inside and out. Measures 10 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 8” with 11 inch handle.
Descriptors: 1950s, Dofan France , Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags, White/Off-white
15) Inventory # B00169
: Duchess black suede handbag w vibrant red Lucite trim
This supple black suede handbag by Duchess has vibrant red Lucite trim, highlighting the gold metal frame. The bag is fully lined in red vinyl with a single large metal zip pocket. The lining shows some dark stains. The bottom back corner of the Bag has several small holes that do not detract from a beauty of the Bag (see detail.) Measures 8 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches.
Descriptors: Black/Gray, Duchess, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
16) Inventory # A00450
: Elegant Oval Navy Leather Box Bag
Supple navy leather gives this oval box bag some significant sheen. The front to back strap handle feels wonderful in the hand. A solid snap marked "Pull Proof" fastens the wide rounded belt closure. Spotless navy faille lines the interior and forms the single open pocket. Some minor wear around the snap from fingernails visible only on very close examination, otherwise flawless. Measures 7 x 4 x 4".
Descriptors: 1950s, Blue/Navy, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
17) Inventory # B00248
: Etra Oyster Leather Handbag
Oyster Leather Handbag by Etra with a cute belted waistline detail. The leather has a soft luxurious feel. The design provides more carrying capacity than it might appear. The gathered front and back create two faille lined open pockets of considerable size, handy for frequently used items. The center latching section opens with a triangular gold fitting. This section is also lined in oyster faille and features a single metal zip pocket. There are a few dark rubs on the gusset area of the lining. The leather covering of the binder fitting at the top of the handle has been repaired (see detail.) Otherwise excellent condition. Measures 8 ¼ x 2 ¾ x 6” with double 19” covered cord handles.
Descriptors: Etra, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags, White/Off-white
18) Inventory # 960424
: Evans Black Faux Reptile clutch
Black Faux Reptile Evans clutch, custom fitted to hold your every need. Gold metal frame and semi-circular spring latch are in very good condition, with some minor darkening. Red satin interior is filled with a variety of pockets, including one for compact and lipstick, one for a tiny comb and one for a red satin backed mirror. Lining shows half a dozen dark stains and considerable loss of the satin sheen. Hand loop on the back for easy carrying. A nice bag, not without its faults, but perfect for a compact collector to carry her treasures! Measures 11 x 1 1/4 x 6".
Descriptors: 1950s, Black/Gray, Clutch Bag, Evans, Leather, Leather Handbags
19) Inventory # B00139
: Evans black leather handbag ca. 1945
A gorgeous black leather Evans handbag circa 1945, custom-designed for carrying your Evans compact and vanity items. The bag is beautifully designed and solidly made with engrave detailing on the frame, triangular lift-up latch, and front trim tab. The interior is fully lined in black satin and fitted with numerous open pockets, designed for lipstick, compact and comb. A safety chain secures a matching black satin coin purse. Slight surface wear on the leather and lacquer finish of the metal is barely noticeable. Very similar to illustrate example on page 204 of Gerson's "Vanity Bags." Measures 8 x 2 1/2 x 5 inches.
Descriptors: 1940s, Art Moderne, Black/Gray, Evans, Handbag, Leather, Leather Handbags
20) Inventory # G00028
: Evans Bone Leather Clutch
Evans Case Co. dates back to the 1930s, but their most collectible bags are fitted clutches and handbags of the 1950s. This bag in back is illustrated on page 238 of Gerson's "Vintage Vanity Bags & Purses." Their bags feature sculptural latch details and this lovely bone leather clutch is adorned with a substantial scalloped arch the lifts to reveal a flawless navy faille interior with the Evans logo, lipstick and compact pockets on one side and an open pocket labeled "Goldwaters Phoenix, Arizona" on the other. Includes the original $25 price tag, inflation adjusted the quivalent of $$226.20 in 2010 dollars! Minor edge wear (see detail.) Measures 8 x 1 3/4 x 4 1/4".
Descriptors: 1950s, Clutch Bag, Evans, Leather, Leather Handbags, White/Off-white