What glorious adventures this lovely evening vanity bag from the 1930s or ‘40s must have seen! The purse is made of coppery-gold shiny fabric (possibly silk twill) covered with a deeper gold color metallic lace. The fabric itself is in overall good shape; the lace is in good condition over the body of the bag, with minor holes. The lace on the top is well worn, and torn in places. It could be removed, leaving the fabric only, or possibly replaced. The bag is very well made. The gathering where the top meets the frame is very full, making the evening bag appear full and round. The gold colored metal frame has two clasps. One opens to reveal the inside of the bag; the other opens to reveal a delightful surprise: a mirror and compact. The powder well is now empty of powder, and has a well-used feather powder puff. The compact is marked CDEP. The inside of the bag offers another surprise: a change purse connected to the bag by a delicate chain. The change purse has the Koret logo and the words Bonwit Teller New York on it. The inside of the bag has the Koret logo and is marked Koret. The inside is in very good, clean condition . The bag is approximately 4-1/2” high by 6” wide not including the handle, which adds another 4-1/2”. This is a soft-sided purse, so measurements are approximate. Evening vanity bags like this are becoming harder to find, as the fabric is often stained or torn. To find one by a respected maker like Koret, made exclusively for Bonwit Teller, is rare. Although the lace on this bag needs attention, it is in good shape overall, and an elegant example of a by-gone era.
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