"If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times". The scales on python skins are expected to lift, it a function of age. In fact, the very knowledgeable and respected "Purse Forum" on the web states: "scales are supposed to lift eventually and it isn't a defect." However, I am well aware that many still view this as undesirable. I do not but then again I am not a purist and appreciate how the item presents itself as a "whole." This large python handbag by Judith Leiber does have lifting scales but overall it looks fabulous! Its shape has both angles and curves and it is larger than most Leiber bags. The skins are dyed a striking and spectacular color. It is a bold burgundy that is not too dark, sort of like the color of cranberries. There are large black dots throughout. This creates are very interesting and somewhat whimsical pattern. The scales are large and, as mentioned, there is some lifting, especially on the pleated areas. There is a rigid "frame" covered with the skins and a slender gold tone metal accent just underneath it. The decorative gold tone accent actually is very simple but it provides a huge "pop" of contrast. The bag opens and closes with a gold tone kiss clasp. There is a thin python carry strap with a drop of 19". There is the internal Leiber mechanism that enables the bag to change from a shoulder bag to a clutch. When opened, the shiny gold frame is observable. The inside is lined with a burgundy grosgrain and there is an open slip pocket and a zippered one. The gold tone "Judith Leiber" identification panel is affixed inside. This is an early Leiber bag as evidenced by the identification panel. The inside is in great shape. The measurements of the bag are 13"w x 7 1/2"h x 2"+d. The bag is also in great condition, especially if you do not regard the lifting as a problem. I have priced it keeping this "issue" in mind. The bag definitely is striking and makes a statement. The unusual addition of large "dots" makes for an unexpected accent and gives the bag a subtle "funky" appearance. Now the question is: Where are you regarding the uplifting of some of the scales? Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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