It looks like hers, but it isn't. No, it is not a Judith Leiber bag! Even though I have handled hundreds of exotic skinned Leiber bags, at first and second glance I was sure this was one if hers. Everything about it shouted Leiber from the quality of the skins to the uniqueness of the decorative frame to the sophisticated use of jewels. Boy, was I surprised. But the "icing on this cake"is that there is no makers mark of identification as to the designer. But whom ever it was, they did a mighty good job! The bag is medium size with ample room for today's necessities. The python skins are in wonderful condition without lifting (even though as I have said many times this is not an issue since it is the natural aging of the skins.). The color is a combination of lapis, navy and royal blue. The skins has a high glossy shine The different hues can be seen throughout adding the interest of the bag. There is ruching at the top on the front and back of the bag. Beautiful pleats flow downwards. The frame is arched. Over the skins there is are two jewelry quality accents done in a shiny and brushed gold tone. The metal is crafted to form the symbols "o" and "x" which are the universal symbol for hugs and kisses. These ornaments are bordered with the shiny gold and there are half round and flat pearly blue cabochons inserted within the gold trimmed circles. The cabs are quite large and have a slight milky tone to them. They are domed and raised leading to depth and dimension. The"kisses" are also artfully done with their inner portion being recessed and completed with a brushed finish. This too conveys depth. There is a simple shiny gold tone band arched across the back frame of the bag. There are a few scratches on the band, The bag opens and closes with a decorative large clasp that comes from behind. The gold metal is fluted and ribbed. It clicks shut. There is a lovely jewelry carry strap. The gold tone has mellowed over time so that it appears more silver like. The carry strap is optional and can be kept inside using the internal optional mechanism. The drop is 19".The inside is lined with a shiny black leather. It is soft and supple. There is a zippered pocket inside. The inside shows wear with a few spots where the leather covering has faded away. Still very usable. The measurements are 9"w x 6 3/4"h x 1 1/2d". This bag, besides being a hard to find color, is an example of how other designers tried to emulate Judith Leiber. This one has come pretty close and as an added attraction, the price does not copy the master's. Beautiful and very usable. Condition: Excellent-- VINTAGE Condition
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