This highly collectible 1950's marbleized silvery gray lucite box purse was made by Wilardy, known for the quality of their lucite bags. This elegant piece is beautifully designed with a rectangular body having flared walls and rounded edges. The bag has a hinged lid which lifts to reveal a full length rectangular mirror attached to the inside. The lid closes onto the body by virtue of a large rounded tab clasp embellished with an ornate silver tone filigree medallion. The bag is finished with a matching arched swing handle at the top. The piece has a fluid iridescence suspended in its coloration which is hard to capture in photographs - it is really striking.
First introduced in the 1930's, Lucite is a versatile acrylic material that enabled designers to create handbags in shapes that were impossible to fashion using other materials. Celebrities and socialites alike flocked to these gorgeous bags, quickly elevating them to "must have" status. Wilardy was one of the top brands, recognized for its distinctive Lucite forms which were creatively integrated with decorative metal finishes.
The bag is in excellent condition with no stains, cracks or repairs. The clasp on the lid is fully functional and closes securely. As a vintage piece, the purse shows signs of age consisting of a few minor scuffs/scratches which do not detract from its appearance and are mentioned for accuracy. The unlined interior is immaculate and the original mirror is present with no scratches or fogging. The purse is signed "WILARDY" on the inside of the hinge beneath the mirror.
This Wilardy lucite box purse measures 7.25" at its widest point, 4.5" at its deepest point, and 4.125" tall not including the handle. When the handle is raised the apex of the handle is 9" from the surface on which it is displayed. The inside has plenty of room for a wallet, phone and makeup, with a depth of 4".
This high end Wilardy lucite box purse is the perfect neutral shade and would be a fantastic gift for the bag collector in your life, or may be jsut what you have been looking for to add to your own wardrobe. A statement piece sure to get attention whenever it is used.
Vintage Wilardy Marbleized Gray Pearl Lucite Purse with Silver Tone Filigree Medallion Clasp