Shape is an integral part of the appearance of everything. However, in respect to this purse by Jane Shilton, circa 1970's, it is the "thing!" I have never seen anything like it! Jane Shilton is a London based company that has been designing leather products since 1933. Alexander Shilton established the brand and when he went off to war, the business was managed by his secretary Jane, to whom he later married and changed the name of the brand. The company is still in business and is especially popular in markets such as Russia, the Middle Eat, Singapore and Australia. The company emphasizes style, quality and value to the discerning customer who recognizes fashion influences. This bag is handmade. It is so unusual and different. Its shape is that of a fan. It is a "stylized triangle" with points at the top and the bottom, where it tapers downwards. It is made of a bronzy gold leather which is soft and sturdy. It is hard cased. It has stitching which simulate the spokes of the fan. There is a deco shaped diamond at the bottom also defined by stitching. The back is unadorned. There is a carry strap made of the leather with a drop of 13". The bag closes with a snap closure. The inside is lined with a tan moire grosgrain fabric. There is an open pocket with a framed mirror. The leather identification label stating "Handmade Jane Shilton England" is affixed inside. The inside has minimal signs of wear and age. The bag measures 9 1/2"w (at its widest) x 9 1/2"h x 1"d. It comes with its original mauve dust bag. The bag is in great condition. There are some faint scratches and minor scuffs, as would be expected of a vintage item. However, attention is not to the details but to the overall shape of the bag which is fabulous and makes a mega statement. So whimsical, funky and retro glamour. In addition, it could always be used on Halloween if you dress as the statue of liberty. It is a perfect torch! (joke!) Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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