Even though the Ringling Brothers circus has closed its doors, life is still considered by many to be a circus. And who is the best character in the circus to make you laugh but the clown. This funky and whimsical handbag by designer Morris Moskowitz plays homage to that comical performer. Morris Moskowitz was a mid century designer whose company specialized in upscale handbags that were sold in upscale department stores. This bag is made from a shiny black patent leather. The shape is rectangular with rounded "lines'. There is a large fold over flap. The patent leather has a mirror like effect being bright and shiny. The hardware is gold tone, also bright and shiny. There is a decorative double strand chain with a drop of 9 1/2". The chains can also be positioned into a single shoulder chain with a drop of 15". However, the focal point of the bag is a decorative accent piece that harbors the snap closure on its back. The decorative accent is one of a detailed and molded gold tone clown. He is inside an open hammered gold tone circle and which has a diameter of 2 1/2". He measures 2 1/2"h x 2"w x 3/4"d. He is quite large and protrudes from the flat surface of the bag. This gives the bag depth and dimension. He is highly detailed and his facial features,costume and entire persona are realistically represented. He appears to be a smiling clown although there may be a "spooky"quality to him (it all depends on how you "see" him). This is an amazing detail to any purse and is done with great skill. The inside is a black grosgrain fabric. There is a zippered open pocket and an open pocket lined in a gold grosgrain. "MM Morris Moskowitz" is imprinted in gold inside. The inside is in great condition without issues to note. The bag measures 8"w x 7"h x 1 3/4". The bag is in wonderful condition, there are a few sign of wear and age and the patent leather could probably benefit from a cleaning. I just love this bag. It makes me laugh and the clown doesn't even have to do tricks!!! And we all know, we all can use a good laugh nowadays. Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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