This gorgeous, instantly recognizable, very rare handbag is the “H Bag” Kelly Satchel from the former Hecht Company. This early 1960s gem was handmade in Italy and is not a replica or an inspired Hermès Constance Bag. It is a fine, well-made leather handbag on its own right. From a private collection, it is in excellent condition.
The Hecht Company was founded in 1857 by the Hecht family in Baltimore and throughout the Atlantic region. The company remained family-owned until 1959 when all of the stores were eventually bought out and all stores were changed to Macy’s in 2006.
This splendid handbag was introduced right around the same time as the intensely popular (and intensely expensive) Hermès Constance Bag in 1959 but there are differences that avoided legal issues and allowed this H Bag Kelly to be popular. For one, the “H” does not have caps on the top and bottom of the legs of the letter, which is actually the holder for the leather closure tongue.
In your hands, the overall quality and the leather stands out. The leather is thick, rich and smooth. Open the flap to see an immaculate Black leather lining. There are two, accordion-style compartments with the second compartment having a zippered security pocket. Just above is the original stitched tag stating that this handbag was, “Made in Italy Expressly for The Hecht Co.”
There is a hidden pin/hole snap that works perfectly but it does have the fine marks on the leather around the receiver hole from missing the hole when closing. Nothing significant and are virtually invisible as this handbag was meticulously cared for and it shows throughout. The strap is two-position adjustable and has gleaming solid brass snaps allowing to arm or shoulder carry this handbag.
Outside, the leathers are remarkable. You can see the wrinkles showing it was made from quality hides. There are no issues with the leather and nowhere does this handbag look like one approaching sixty-years-old. All of the solid brass metalwork gleams like a Golden mirror as another testament to the care this gem received.
This is a handbag that was very well made in Italy of very high-quality materials and was quite expensive. It is a large, spacious handbag that will look outstanding today and bring many compliments and looks.
The dimensions are 12” L x 8 ½ “H x 3” D. The strap affords an 8 ½” to a 13 ½ “drop. Easily shoulder carried when needed.
As always, this fine handbag 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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This is an iconic, memorable handbag that will bring many looks and compliments.
1960s H Bag Kelly from Italy for The Hecht Company