This Leiber bag takes patent leather to another level!!! Instantaneously striking, this purse is an example of Leiber's genius, creativity and craftsmanship. It is not every designer that can perch a sparkling leopard onto a frame and create an image of a wild animal resting although ready to pounce. The bag is curvaceous and the bottom is wider than the top. It is covered with a deep black patent leather that has a mirror shine. However, it is the three dimensional figure of a leopard that takes center stage. It is large measuring 2 1/2"w x 2"h x 1+"d. He is posed on top of the patent leather frame in a reclining position. He appears to be very calm and serene although there is no doubt he can pounce at any second. He is completely encrusted with sparkling Swarovski crystals and small bezel set black stones. His eyes are bezels set green stones. He is remarkably detailed and dimensional. Part of his body, specifically his leg and tail extend downwards onto the purse. He is beyond amazing! The bag opens by pushing down the leopard since he is attached to the open/shut clasp. There is a patent strap with a drop of 20 1/2". This strap can be tucked inside by using Leiber's internal mechanism which allows the bag to be used as a clutch. The bag is lined with a red silk fabric. There is an open slip pocket and a zippered one. The gold tone "Judith Leiber New York" identification plaque is affixed inside. Included is a care card, red coin purse, gold tone comb, and JL mirror ( in its own light blue dust bag) and the original dust bag. The inside is in great condition looking as though it was rarely used. The bag measures 9 1/2"w x 7"h (including the leopard) x 3"d. This bag is in wonderful condition, again appearing not to have been worn a lot, if at all. I count about 2 crystals missing from the leopard, not noticed unless carefully looked at. Belts with this leopard are selling for over $700 on the second hand market. What an amazing bag, appropriate for a dressy day occasion and a formal evening function. Beyond words, this bag is Leiber at her best!!! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Leiber Patent Leather Purse with Crystal "Leopard"