Here we have a Lucite purse design invented and patented by Will Hardy (Wilardy) in 1952. This one is butterscotch (or tortoise shell) Lucite encircled with a gold tone feathered metal band and topped with a horseshoe-shaped Lucite handle. The catch, also designed by Hardy, is a curving bar of Lucite which reaches backward to a metal tooth on the lid and snaps shut. The purse is oval shaped and the lid opens on a long hinge at the back. There’s a mirror inside the lid; the interior of the purse is unlined. Measures 7 3/16” long x 4” wide x 3 ¼” tall (8 ½” with handle raised).
There’s a blue and gold foil sticker inside the purse with Wilardy in script and Designs underneath. The overall condition of the purse is excellent with very minimal wear to the Lucite. The metal hinge is strong; the wonderful catch works as if new; the handle is solidly mounted. There are a couple of small spots on the open-work metal band (which show in the first picture) and there’s a very small mark at the very edge of the outside bottom which may be from a bump, or from the making. The mirror is cloudy and there is some discoloration to the hinge. All of that said, however, this is a remarkably well-preserved piece and will do well in a collection – or to wear to the theater. You’re going to love it!
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