Stunning. Bags by Josef was a maker of fine, upscale accessories from the early 1930’s on into the mid-twentieth century. Known for some of the most beautiful beaded creations in the world, Bags by Josef also made some of the finest and most intricately designed woven straw handbags. This breathtaking, extremely rare Floral basket bag is one of the most unique and is from the late 1930’s. Handmade in Italy, it is truly one of the few in existence. From a private collection, it is in excellent condition.
Bags by Josef, a part of Gold Seal Importers, were the ultimate in luxurious beaded handbags and accessories. They were very, very expensive. From New York City, these fine treasures were seen in the top, most prestigious stores at the time such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrod’s, and other fine boutiques around the world. Josef also commissioned the fine craftsmen in France, Belgium, and Italy to make some of their most exclusive, and now highly sought creations.
This treasure is made of the finest, wicker in a fine, tight weave. No question, this Josef took immense time and skill to complete resulting in a spectacular and perfect weave, even after almost eighty years. The quality is profound and has handmade flowers in the colors of Lavender, Scarlet, Yellow, Brown, and Dark Blue with Green “leaves” encircling the top.
The latch created by rolling the wicker and securing the lid with a wicker hoop. Open to see the soft White, fabric lining with a single slip pocket. It is clean inside but does have a few faint smudges inside. These can be carefully removed, if desired or left as it is with no harm. The original tag is still in place.
Outside, the wicker is flawless. There are no stains or loose wicker anywhere. Even the bottom is spotless. A clear testament of the quality and care this Josef received. The handles are intact and are long enough to carry this gem on your arm. That solid feel of high quality is there and becomes quite obvious why Bags by Josef were the choice of the very well to do. Each one of these were individually made by a single craftsman and from beginning to completion spanned months.
If you are a collector of these ultra-rare, elegant designer handbags, you will never regret adding this Josef to your treasury of vintage handbags.
The dimensions are 7”L at the bottom tapering to 9”L x 5”H x 3”to 5”D and the handles afford a 6” drop.
As always, this fine Josef will come to you shipped with the utmost care via USPS Priority Mail or your choice of shippers indicated with insurance. Never a handling charge, just the exact shipping to your zip code. I ship all over the world and will gladly combine shipping on multiple purchases.
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