During the second world war plastics were used by the military in developing arms. After the war designers turned to study plastics to create fashion forward items. the lucite bag was created and many notable fashion firms started creating these bags using this new inexpensive material. During the 1950's the lucite bag scene moved to Miami, the playground of the rich and famous of the time. Lucite bags remain very popular today and many collectors spend a lot of money for these items. This lucite bag by Rialto NY has many of the characteristics of desired bags. It is coffin shaped. It is rounded at the sides and the top is flat. It is made from a white lucite that is marbleized. The top is a thick and flat slab of clear lucite that is double carved. There is a stylized floral pattern that is carved on the under side of the lucite. The flowers appear to be heart shaped, others appear to be like cherries (roundish). There are long vines. All carvings are frosted which gives this floral palette definition and interest. The top side of the lucite is thickly carved in a geometric manner. Large and small rectangles are on the sides of a large area with narrow rectangles in the middle. These carvings are multi faceted and provide depth and interest. Both sides of the bag have rhinestones affixed in a swirly and stylized pattern. There are four brass decorative feet on the bottom to protect the bag. The carvings are deep. Two white lucite handles are curved and there is a drop of 5" (9" from where the handles begin). There is a piano type hinge with Rialto NY inscribed on it. The inside is very clean. The handbag measures 8"w x 4" h x 4"d. The bag is in great condition. The only issue to mention is that there is a "blemish" within the lucite near one corner of the lid. You cannot feel it on the outside or inside of the lid. This is a great bag that exemplifies the beauty of lucite bags. Such fun! Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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