If Dorothy needed a handbag to match her ruby red slippers, this would be the bag. The illumination seen radiating from the shoes in the movie, is also a quality of this superb purse. (OK, maybe not to the same degree, but the bag does glisten.) The Morabito luxury brand was founded in 1905 in Nice, France. It is known for its handmade leather goods made by artisans. Jean Baptiste Morabito started his career as a jeweler, which can be seen in the jewel like quality of this purse. The bag, circa 1950's, is rectangular and is slightly wider at the bottom than at the top. It is totally covered with tiny ruby red glass beads that are hand sewn into a "weave" like pattern. The design can be considered "over under" and it gives the bag dimension and depth. The beads are a deep color and the effect is very regal and softly bold. The beads reflect the light so that the purse glistens and shines. Very magical. There is a gold tone metal frame. It is very slender at the front and back and is engraved with etchings. The flat part of the frame on the top is covered with the red beads. The open/close mechanism is unusual. There is a decorative tab at the side which is pulled outwards to open the bag. ( I have seen a similar mechanism on Leiber bags). There is a tubular carry strap made of the same beads. It has a drop of 5". When the bag is opened you can see the inner portion of the frame which is etched with scrolling engravings. This is an indication of a high end bag. The inside is lined with a bright red satin fabric. There are 4 open slip pocket (one for a lipstick). A mirror in a folded red satin case is included. The mirror is cloudy. "Morabito Paris" is engraved inside in gold letters. The inside is in great condition without signs of wear or age. The entire bag is in similar condition. This bag was probably rarely used and well taken care of. The measurements are 8 1/2"w x 6"h x 1 1/2"d. I don't know whether this bag will take you back to "Kansas" but I do know that it is gorgeous, striking and well made. I also know that Dorothy would have enjoyed wearing it along with her slippers when in Kansas, or wherever her travels eventually took her. Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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