Did you ever feel that you were going around in circles? Well, this bag epitomizes that expression but instead of going nowhere, the bag has achieved an appearance that is unique and compelling. The A.I. Magid company was founded in 1916 as a millinery business and became Magid Handbags in 1937. They were New York based although many of their bags were made in Europe, especially Italy. In the 1980's the business was sold to outside interests. I believe this handbag to be an early one probably from the 1930's, but it also could be the 1950's. I estimate the former date because it has a very art deco vibe. Its shape is deco, its unique design is deco and the use of chrome is another deco accent. The shape is a circle with a flat top which is a combination of curves and straight lines. The material used feels like a dressy crepe. It is matte black in color. The front flap is the size of the entire bag. Its design is very unusual and obviously very time consuming in the making. It consists of a series of tightly ruched together "almost" circles. There is a black accent piece in the middle that is flat. These "circles" have dimension and give the bag depth. It is mesmerizing to look at. The back of the bag is just flat. There is a carry handle made from the same fabric with a drop of 4 1/2". The frame, although simple, makes a significant statement to this bag. It is a shiny chrome. It is plain without decorations and that gives it a deco look. The bag opens by lifting the front flap. It closes with a snap. The inside is lined with a black silk fabric. There are 5 open slip pockets. Included is a small black coin purse. The "Magid" trademark is stamped inside. The inside is in great condition. The bag measures 8"w x 7"h x 1 1/2"d. The entire bag is in wonderful condition with only a few signs of wear and age. They do not make bags like this anymore. The complicated design together with the selective materials used creates a vintage and retro gem. In this case, the past exceeds the present.....it is even a contest! Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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