This incredible vintage Meeker handbag is an absolutely stunning example of Arts and Crafts-style directly influencing fashion.
This is a larger handbag and, besides its nice condition, it includes the original attached coin purse!
During its formative years, the Meeker Company specialized in advertising.
It would not be long before founded Corry Meeker turned his attentions to manufacturing high-quality leather goods.
Today, Meeker handbags are a highly-collectible commodity, embodying early 19th century artistic design.
This beautiful handbag is made of sienna-brown leather, characterized by a beautifully aged finish.
The handbag's upper flap is decorated with a simple yet exceedingly elegant tooled-leather design.
The design borders on the Art Nouveau, leaning toward a more Arts and Crafts style, with symmetrical foliate scrolls.
As you can see, the design is further enriched by a light coating of leather-stains in deep red and light moss-green.
A simple brass twist-clasp keeps the flap securely in place. The interior of the bag and flap are lined in chocolate-brown nylon.
A handwritten inscription on the underside of the flap near the base reads "Phoebe E. Wyatt" (likely a previous owner).
The long leather strap provides a buckle for easy adjustability.
Inside, you will find two small pockets and one zippered pocket, perfect for carrying cards, cash and a compact.
This is where you will find the original manufacturer's label which reads "Nylon Lined, Nylon Stitched, Meeker, Joplin, MO".
Joplin, Missouri was their home office and factory. It started in 1922, and had another location in Missouri in 1954, as well as Chicago, and New York.
Finally, a small embossed mark on the front of the bag (hidden by the flap) reads "Genuine Steerhide".
A darling matching leather coin purse lined with chocolate-brown grosgrain is attached to the interior of the bag with a small length of elastic cord.
Despite some minor wear, this gorgeous, rare handbag remains in very good vintage condition.
Measurements: Bag is 9" wide, 7 3/4" tall and 2 1/2" deep, Strap is 35" long and 3/4" wide, Coin purse is 4 1/2" wide, 3 1/4" tall and 1/4" deep Weight: 1 lb., 1 oz.
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