This is a very rare, unique Coach. This genuine Bonnie Cashin for Coach Watermelon Tote Model 9441 is one of the original designs that were produced for Coach without the striped Mexican lining that Ms. Cashin introduced. This circa 1969 gem is from a private collection and it is pristine inside and out.
There are very distinct differences between this Watermelon Tote, its later models, and the taller Skinny Tote. The Watermelon Bag, as it is commonly called, is shorter and has the rounded base. The Skinny Tote is a full-sized tote with the squared body.
The other differences are the early Watermelon Totes (and some Skinny Totes) have the rolled handles whereas the later Skinny Totes has the long handles. The zipper pull has the “paper clip” style pull instead of the later round brass pulls.
One piece of misinformation that many sellers in other venues claim is the “B” seen on the ends of the Kiss Snap frame, stands for “Bonnie” which is untrue. It is actually stood for the Branson Frame Company which made frames for several designers in the mid-twentieth century. This Watermelon Tote has a Branson frame.
Not many of the original Watermelon Totes like this exist today, especially in such sterling condition as this gem. Nowhere does it look like a 51-year-old Coach. The leather of this pristine Black beauty is rich and supple.
Open the front kiss snap compartment and it is like new inside. The leather is glove soft. Pull the over-sized solid brass top zipper and the rich smell of clean leather will greet you. Inside, it is like new as can easily be seen in the pictures. There is a single slip pocket. The zipper works perfectly. This is an original New York City Model made just before serial numbers were introduced.
On the outside, the leather shines throughout and has the feel vintage Coach lovers are passionate about. The brass frame gleams brilliantly with only the slightest fade, which is typical. There is no soiling or darkening on the handles, and the top edges are clean. There are no scuffs and all of the piping is intact with no flaws.
The hang-tag is present on the solid brass chain.
If you are a vintage Coach collector, don't miss this one.
The dimensions are 13 ½ " L x 9 ½" H x 2 ½ " D. The handles afford a 4” drop. Easily arm carried when needed.
As always, this fine Coach 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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A Coach that is rare and unique, this is it. This will make a fine addition to your collection.
Vintage 1969 Bonnie Cashin for Coach Watermelon Tote Model 9441
$297 $395 SALE