I call this handbag the "jaws" bag. The huge and distinctive frame, to me, resembles the jaws of the shark. This frame and similar ones were used on handbags made during the mid century by various handbag companies. This particular bag was made by Stylecraft Miami , a company that created bags during this time using popular materials such a lucite and wicker. Most of their bags had a "Miami vibe," although this one does not. This handbag makes a huge statement and its design is unlike any other. It is large in size, the 2 1/2"h frame adding to its tall appearance. The body of the bag is rectangular with rounded edges. It is hard cased and is covered with a milk chocolate brown soft but sturdy fabric. It might be a woven light wool that resembles felt. The fabric is not taunt against the body of the bag and it has flexibility. There are three gold tone studs across the top of the bag. The two cloth handles are connected by 2 of these fastenings. The handles have a drop of 8" to the top of the bag's body. However, it is the frame that makes the bag. The frame is a fluted bright gold tone metal. It has a slight brushed look. It is very curvaceous. It brilliantly reflects the light and shines. It is scalloped and some may liken it to a "fan." The very corners of the frame curls outwards at the ends. In this case the frame covers the top of the bag. However, I have seen this frame when it covers the sides as well. In both cases, the frame is one to remember. The frame opens clamper style and the inside is lined with light beige satin fabric. The metal rods within the bag are decoratively etched, a very unusual accent inside a bag. There is an open slip pocket trimmed with gold. The inside has the sewn in label "Stylecraft Miami". The inside is in very good condition with minimal signs of use and age. The bag measures 10 1/2" h x 8 3/4"w x 3"d. The bag is in wonderful condition. There are faint surface scratches on the frame and minimal signs of age and wear on the body. There is slight discoloration at the gussets. This bag is a stunner. Obviously it wasn't worn by ladies with white gloves during the 1950's, but rather that unusual gal who had a bit of whimsy and daring in her. Long let her live! Long let this bag survive! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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