The perfect carpet bag tote purse to take to the race track---roomy enough to carry all your winnings!! It's also perfect to take on a plane as a carry-on.
From my personal collection is this truly fabulous, huge plush carpetbag purse by Marlow Original, U.S.A.; it dates to the 1950's.
As you can see, this purse is double sided; one side features two adorable kittens with toys; the other side features three gorgeous horses (heads/neck only; no bodies shown). This tote purse is soft sided and not stiff.
There are two ¾" wide black vinyl handles with a 7 1/2" drop.
The inside is lined in beige vinyl. The vinyl lining has a couple ink stains & is a bit dirty, but overall in good condition. with some ink marks & dirty areas which are mainly on the outside of the pocket (see photos). A shoe repair person could probably clean this up a bit, but it's not necessary. There are two zippered pockets on one side, below one another; the bottom one is 4" deep & 8" across; the other is 7 1/2" deep & 8 1/2" across. There is an open pocket above the bottom zipper, which is the same size as the zippered pocket; both zippers work perfectly. One zippered pocket is lined in a cloth-like vinyl & the top one has a cloth lining. The Marlow label is sewn along the seam of the pocket. The upper inside portions are navy blue vinyl.
The tote purse closes with a 15" long metal zipper, which works perfectly. At the end portion of the zipper, on each side, there is a 1 1/2" long section which has become loose from the vinyl. It could be restitched by a shoe repair person, but it's certainly not necessary. This is a very common problem with these purses.
The bottom & sides of the purse are done in black vinyl; the bottom has three gold metal "feet"; one is missing. There are very minor rub marks on one vinyl side (see pic), which is hardly worth mentioning.
Except what's noted above, this carpet bag purse is in wonderful condition. There are no stains or odors to note. The colors are still beautiful and bright.
This is a nice roomy purse, especially with the pockets. The purse is approx. 19" across when the sides are fully extended; 11" tall of useable space, up to the zipper; overall it is 14" tall, not counting the handles. The sides extend to 7 1/2".
If you love horses & kittens/cats, then this is the tote purse for you. It's also a great conversation piece. You will no doubt get tons of compliments on it.
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