This bag reminds me of a Judith Leiber bag. It just has that look. Although probably made when Leiber was an apprentice at various handbag manufacturers (including as I just discovered, Morris Moskowitz) this bag from the 1960's was produced by Morris Moskowitz a company that began in 1948. MM produced bags of various styles and because of their fine craftsmanship, high end materials used and eclectic styles they were sold in "better" stores. This bag is small and is rectangular in shape. It is made of "imported saffian" leather which is sheepskin or goatskin that is sumach tanned to produce a high shine. It is probably imported from Italy and emulates the look of fine Italian leather. It is extremely soft and supple and the leather is grained. It maintains a "new" look for many years. Although saffian leather is usually dyed bright colors, this bag is a deep black. Adding to its fabulous look is the large gold tone "rose"clasp. The rose is multi layered and very dimensional. The gold tone metal is shiny and bright and seems to weave in ribbon like strands to form the rose. The clasp measures 1 1/2"w x 1 1/2"h x 7/8"d. It is a delightful and smart focal point to the bag. There are two carry straps with a drop of 5". The inside is lined with black satin fabric. There is an open slip pocket and the "M M" initials are imprinted within along with the words "Imported Saffian Leather." The inside is in great condition. The bag measures 6 1/2"w x 3 7/8"h x 2 1/4"d. The handbag is in very good condition with some scratch marks on the very flat bottom. This is a lovely little treasure that has all the charm of a rose in bloom. And it is very affordable! Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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