This Enid Collins handbag is called "Jewel Garden" because of the 8 big flowers that decorate the front in multi jewel colors. Lucite "jewels" make up the petals of the flowers with two shades of green leaf jewels scatters among the flowers. The purse closure is made of an ecru leather strap that fastens over a brass turn-knob. The handles are the same ecru leather as is the trim at the top and bottom of the purse. The bottom of the bag is made of varnished wood. The inside of the purse is just the finished side off in a smooth material with two leather pockets attached to the top. This is a nostalgic purse to take you back to 1960's Texas!
Measurements: The purse measures 10.5 inches tall by 13 inches (along the top) wide, with a depth of 4 inches at the bottom. The two handles rise up 6 inches from the frame.
Condition: This well loved purse is in fair vintage condition. On the plus side, most of jewels remain in place so that the garden theme is still strong; and it remains usable. It shows general signs of its age: one flower is missing its center jewel; there is some darkening/discoloration of the burlap type covering; the leather and the wood bottom show scuffing. The inside looks OK. It has a bit of a musty odor. Please review all photographs carefully, they are an essential part of the description.
Labels: It is signed "ec" copyright on the lower right corner. It also says "Collins of Texas" on the inside. Enid Collins became renown for her hand decorated wood box purses in the 1960s, with the burlap cloth purses coming out a few years later. At one point, her purses were the hot item that conveyed status. Her cloth/burlap purses were carried at upscale stores like Neiman Marcus.
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Vintage Enid Collins Jewel Garden Purse