Vintage mid- to late 1970s Mexican tooled leather purse in a buttery shade of cream features a raised bullfighter scene amidst etched flowers and foliage on one side, and an Aztec calendar between vines on the other.
The panels on either side are bordered in tooled quetzl heads, a design that occurs on the closure strap and purse base as well.
Divided into three leather-lined sections—2 open on either side of a center zipped compartment—the doublehandled purse has one open and two zipped sidewall pockets. Brass hardware includes the zippers, the twist lock closure and four metal feet on the base.
No manufacturer’s label; period ads for similar imported purses indicate that such purses cost between $30 and $45 (roughly the equivalent of $115-$180 today).
Measures 11” wide by 8” tall by 3” deep, with 16” handles. Good condition, sturdy and with the body clean inside and out with the exception of two ¼ tea colored spots on the calendar side; in addition, there is finish wear to the knob of the clasp and .slight darkening to the handles. Price reflects these conditions, which do not keep the purse from presenting very well.
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