Almost new!!! These words best describe this incredible alligator handbag by Harry Rosenfeld, circa 1960's. Harry Rosenfeld produced high end bags during the mid century but it is his exotic skin bags that are in the most demand even today. This bag explains that demand. It is medium size and has curves and straight lines. The deep and dark chocolate brown alligator skins remain soft and supple to the touch. The skins are patterned in rows and there is texture and dimension to them. There is a border of stitching all around. There are two elements that further set this bag apart from others. First there is an open pocket in the front which contains a small coin purse attached to the bag by a gentle chain. This coin purse fits into this slot and its upper curved arch frame remains visible. The frame is arched and done in dark brown enamel with gold tone borders. It has the same gorgeous skins as the bag and opens and closes with a gold tone metal kiss lock. It is lined in brown grosgrain material. Early in the 20th century small coin purses were attached inside purses with a chain, but this feature disappeared with time. Rosenfeld dramatically has brought back this feature with this bag. The next special feature is the fabulous enameled frame. It is done in the same brown enameling as the coin purse. The frame is bordered with gold tone metal. The frame is thick, chunky and substantial. The clasp has a "wave" effect and lifts up and down for closure. There are is a shiny double gold chain with a drop of 9 1/2". The chain is jewelry quality and is quite substantial. It might not be original to the bag (????) but it perfectly compliments the bag and in fact adds to the beauty of it. There are 4 small gold tone metal "buns" on the bottom to protect the bag. The inside is lined with a dark brown grosgrain fabric. There are 3 open slip pockets (one bordered with gold trim) and a zippered pocket. The Rosenfeld name and his iconic fan are printed inside in gold. The inside looks as though it was never used. The measurements of the bag are 8"w x 7"h x 3"d. The bag is in near mint condition with inconsequential signs of age. What a bag!!!! If you are looking for a vintage alligator bag that has its own "vintage" twist, this is the bag for you. Sure to be seen and in its tasteful and sophisticated way, makes quite a statement!!!! Condition: Near Mint Excellent VINTAGE Condition.
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