This black leather Coach saddle bag is one of the “New York City Bags” which came from the original Coach factory. It is a saddle bag style with simple lines and a long enough strap to use as a shoulder bag or a cross-body bag. The straps are attached to the purse with brass swivel snap hooks, and a twist lock secures the front flap of the handbag. The flap opens to reveal a wide front pocket and a main compartment which has a wide pocket with a metal zipper. The inside of the flap, the facing side of the front pocket, and the bottom and facing side of the main compartment are all a soft black suede leather.
The Coach creed with its New York City identifier is embossed on the smooth leather front of the inside pocket. At the top of the creed in an outlined box the name brand “Coach” appears with “Leatherware” beneath it. The creed says, “This is a Coach bag. It is made out of a completely natural glove tanned cowhide. The scars, scratches, veins, and wrinkles are natural markings characteristic of full-grain leathers. Made in New York City, U.S.A.” This information is in all capital letters and is outlined. Underneath the creed is the number “No. 300-4931.” The original New York Coach factory created handbags between the late 1960’s and the mid 1980’s.
This style, also referred to as a messenger bag, is medium sized and measures 8 by 11/ ¼ inches and is 3 inches across the bottom. The strap has a drop of 16 inches. There are a few light scratches, a bit of verdigris around the twist lock, and the bag was flattened a bit when it was stored. The flattening will, of course, be corrected once it is full of your stuff! It is otherwise in excellent vintage condition with no spots, stains, tears, or scents. This black New York City Coach handbag is all about going anywhere, doing anything, and doing it in style.
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