If nothing else, this handbag is unique. Styled after ancient tea or sewing baskets, this retro handbag has style and interest. Probably from the 1950's or'60's, this bag is easily a show stopper. You can find similar bags but this one is in great condition and has a factor that is rarely seen: it has four appliqued Asian figures affixed to the bag. Often, if found, the figures are deteriorating and damaged (I have seen one figure on a bag which was headless!) but these are in flawless condition. The bag is oval shaped. The basket is made from a woven wicker that has a warm caramel light brownish color. The weaving is tight and the basket has a light sheen. The hardware is significant to the bag and is an antiqued brass. The closing hardware is quite large and the latch is of the fish latch type. There are studs on the cover which are embedded in decorative metal florets. There are two slim brass handles also anchored with these florets. However, it is the Asian figures that define this bag as unusual. They are large, almost 4" in height, and the are composed of fabric and paper. There appears to be a background of cardboard upon which the paper and fabric are applied. The clothing of the characters is made of different fabrics resembling silk while the figures' faces and bodies are done in paper. They are highly detailed. In fact, one gentleman has a tuft of hair for his beard. Just take a close look at each figure and it is obvious that care and foresight went into their creation. They are just amazing and to be found in such condition is unbelievable! There is a black silk ribbon that goes around the bag. The basket does not have a lining. The measurements are 8 1/2" w x 6"h x 4"d. The bag is in great condition without any significant issues to note. Unusual, fun and retro are words to describe this statement bag! And the condition.......can't ask for anything more! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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