Beautiful matching set, handbag and heels. Dark brown suede fabric with applied beading in the style of branches and leaves.
The shoes are open toe - peeptoe with a 1/4 inch platforms and wrap around ankle straps. Heels are 3 1/2 inches with beading on the back as well as the toe area. The inner soles are in very good condition as are the outer soles. Soles are stamped Jo-Ann Last, and Autographed Editions Cangemi. The other shoe is stamped B Foreman Sons. Written on the inside of each shoe is 7 1/2 N which is the size. Measuring on the inside they are 9 3/4 inches long and 3 inches wide. Judging by my own foot I would say a size 7 foot could wear these if you have a narrow toe.
Handbag is box style with the fold over flap and a large goldtone toggle closing. The beading is on the flap and the front body, none on the handle or back. Interior is a tan vinyl with 2 side pockets. It measures 8 1/2 x 7 with a thickness of 4 1/2 inches. Each side is pointed near the bottom. Short handle is 17 inches. The inside shows some wear but the outside is in lovely condition, even the handle. A goldtone glove holder is attached to the handle. Of course it can be removed but I left is since it was placed there by the original owner. It shows little wear or age.
Sicilian immigrant Salvadore Cangemi opened his factory in Manhattan back in the 1930's under Cangemi Shoes. A successful brand of quality footwear that lasted until the Sixties.
B. Forman Co. was a retail store specializing primarily in hign-end women's clothing. Once the largest store of its kind between New York and Chicago, the company, founded by Benjamin Forman who was born 1874 in Austria. The stores operated from 1911 until 1994.
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