Some bags scream "retro" and this bag is one of them. Probably made in the 1940's when traditional materials were scarce because of the war, different and creative idea were sought. Thus corde or gimp became one of the solutions. Usually made in solid colors such as black, navy and brown, multi colored bags were rare. I have seen bag made of pastel colored gimp but this is the first multi colored brown bag I have ever seen. Also, many bags were embellished with lucite pull tags or frames, the fancier, the more desired and expensive. This bag being offered has all the indications of a rare and unusual high end gimp bag. It is fairly large and it is wider at the bottom than at the top. The front and the back have pleating which results in three sections and give the bag a hint of depth. The bottom of the bag is densely ruched. The colors of the gimp is amazing. Gold, bronze, light and dark brown, grey, silver, and more are the color that flow into each other. The gimp is sewn in a slanted manner. There is a thin gold tone frame. However, it is the large lucite clasp ( 3 1/4"w x 1 1/2"h) that takes the "stage". It could b seen as a stylized "bow" and it is thick and carved. It is a transparent lucite that is honey colored and is most unusual. There is a double handle of the gimp to use to carry the bag. It has a drop of 5 1/2". The inside is lined with a dark brown faille fabric. There is a large pocket that closes with a snap. The original mirror wrapped in paper is included. The inside is in very good condition. The handbag measures 13"w x 8 1/2"h (including clasp) x 2". The bag is in wonderful condition without significant signs of wear or age. This bag was loved and properly cared for. This is a bag for all seasons. I can see it on a cruise with a cream colored outfit or at a ski lodge with brown boots. It is so retro and is what vintage is all about. Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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