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Prestige Destination Cities Handbag - Purse - Vintage 1960's
Smooth Black Calfskin Leather & Leather Interior
The late 1950's brought passenger jet flights from the United States to the most glamorous cities in Europe. At the same time during the 1950's and 60's Prestige handbags created a line of fine calfskin leather handbags with names of these cities on metal plaques to embellish their bags. The most popular names were New York, London, Paris, Rome and on this bag Monte Carlo. The names are cut on a goldtone round metal circle with a different color highlighting each name - white, red, ivory, green, gray.
The round plaque in the front center measures 6" across and approximately 1" wide. Often the name of each city was placed on an individual metal plaque spread across the front of their bags too. Most of their bags were box bags, just like the vintage 1950's lucite bags that were also mostly box bags. The larger shape of this smooth black leather bag is a different design by Prestige.
Measured across the top: 11-1/2" across
across the bottom: 10" across
top to bottom: 10"
handle drop: almost 5"
depth: across the top 1-1/2"
depth: across the bottom 4"
The gold tone clasp lifts up to open and you can see from the photos how wide the 10" opening is. The clean saddle color leather interior has several pockets, pouch and zipper compartment and the signature Prestige name in gold.
The issue with this handbag is the top right corner of the front there are 2 "dimples" . On the back near the bottom left side there are also 2 "dimples". There are some minor scuffs but overall the bag is clean and very unusual. Mint vintage Prestige Cities - Destination leather handbags range in the high $300. to high 400. this bag is about 55 years old and was always well kept. If you have any questions or wish to see additional photos, please contact me.
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Vintage Prestige Destination Handbag Purse with Cities - Black Leather - 1960's
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