This bag is one "classy" act! Sophistication and style are the hallmarks of Nettie Rosenstein creations and this handbag, circa 1950's, exemplifies that. Nettie Rosenstein, based in New York, created highly stylized fashion attire and costume jewelry. She was often copied by others but not many could equal her quality craftsmanship. She designed the inauguration dress for Mamie Eisenhower. She is known for designing the "little black" dress, a fashion concept that certain attire can go from day to night. This purse, made in Florence Italy, is perhaps an example of this concept since it is delightful for the daytime and sophisticated for formal dinners (not black tie, but fine for dressy evening occasions). The shape is that of a Kelly bag. Yet it is the material used, that is, pony hair, that makes it extra special. The pony hair is dyed a versatile camel color and it is soft and its nap appears to go in one direction. It has texture. It beckons you to touch it. The gussets are done in a camel leather as is the trim, the frame and the carry handle. This leather is the finest quality, perhaps kid. It is buttery and delicious. The bag opens with a gold tone clasp where part of the mechanism fits into a slot in the hardware. The carry strap has a drop of 4 1/2". There are four gold tone "feet" on the bottom of the bag.
The inside is lined with a shiny beige leather. There are 3 open slip pockets and a zippered pocket. There also is a flap made of the buttery leather that snaps shut concealing the zippered pocket. "Nettie Rosenstein" is embossed in gold letters inside as is "Made in Florence, Italy". The inside is in very good condition with minimal signs of wear including the leftover signs of a former label. The measurements of the handbag are 7 1/4"h x 9 1/4w x 4"d. The bag is in very good condition. There are wear spots on especially on one side of the bag where some of the hair is gone. However, this occurs mostly towards the bottom of the bag so that it is not that observable. In spite of this, this handbag is amazing. The quality of the materials and the exquisite craftsmanship sets it apart from others. This handbag is style personified, of course it's by Nettie Rosenstein, prime mid century designer!!!!! Condition: Very Good+++ VINTAGE Condition
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