This is a very early Judith Leiber bag. The dating giveaway is that the hardware for the optional shoulder chain is outside the bag, not inside as later bags were designed. It is an indication that, even in the early days, Judith Leiber possessed a very unique talent. And the rest is history. THe bag is rectangular and is covered with a satiny silk material that is essentially matte and not shiny. The material is soft and smooth. However, it is the clamper style frame that is eye catching and exceptional. It is entirely encrusted with large Swarovski crystals that have been darkened so that they appear greyish with a slight aurora borealis gleam. The light bounces off these stones and a purplish glow can be seen in certain lights. Darkened crystals such as these have become increasingly popular in today's jewelry market. The rounded part of the clamper frame is covered with rows of round stones that are prong set and are approximately 1/2" carat each. Underneath, overlapping the top front of the bag, is a row of larger round stones interrupted by large marquise stones. These stones also form a scallop on the bottom, thus completing an very ornate and striking design . Really beautiful. The silver tone jewelry quality double chain can be kept inside the bag or used for a shoulder bag. The drop is 14". The inside is lined with the same black fabric. There are two open pockets and the silver tone identification "Judith Leiber" panel is affixed inside. A small coin purse and a Leiber care card is included. The inside is in great shape. However, the "gum" residue probably from the store label where it was bought remains on the fabric. The measurements are 7 1/2"w x 6 3/4"h x 1"d. The bag is in very good shape. There is a faint "spot" on the bottom front and top back. The back has an area that is slightly "tattered." All in all, the bag presents beautifully. Sure to be noticed, this purse is elegant and timeless. Perfect for formal occasions, it even fits a cell phone!!!! Boy, Judith Leiber was undoubtedly "before her time." What else is new!!!!!! COndition: Very Good+++ VINTAGE Condition
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