This minaudiere is NOT a Judith Leiber but it is the closet thing I have seen to the real deal. Usually Leiber style minaudieres are obviously crystal covered creations that have a different vibe from hers. The designs are very different. However, this purse is almost exactly like the real thing. I began to research Leiber knock offs since I really haven’t seen any before like this. This is what I learned on the internet ( remember not everything on the internet is true!). There was a shop in Hong Kong that was producing JL bags that had an uncanny resemblance to the real thing. This was after JL sold her line and no longer owned or designed for this new owner. This Hong Kong shop wasn’t trying to sell fake goods since they did not use the Judith Leiber trademark and the only identification was a label stating “Hong Kong”. They were not trying to trick anyone. However, the skill of these producers was amazing and you really can’t tell the difference,especially from the outside. This high level of execution was noticed by the new management of JL and they hired the shop to produce new JL bags under the JL trademark and the original shop closed down. And so it goes....???
Now to describe the bag. It is oval shaped and rounded. It has gold tone trim. The entire bag is covered with what I believe to be Swarovski Crystals. They are jet black and are arranged in concentric ovals around the bag. They have a brilliance and a shine like only Swarovski crystals have. They twinkle. Coming from behind is the clasp in the shape of a snake’s head. It’s neck is slightly curved and it is large and points downwards. This piece has veins of gold running through it and Swarovski silver crystals fill in the spaces. The eyes are bulging ruby colored glass stones. It is very thick and dimensional. At its top is a large half button faux pearl that is pushed down to open the purse. There is an optional serpentine chain that can be tucked inside with a internal mechanism similar to Leiber’s. The drop is 24”. The inside is lined with a gold leather that is similar to but not the same as the Leiber linings. The inside is very clean although there is a mottled appearance to the leather, unsure as to whether this is original to the inside or an indication of wear. The “ Hong Kong “ label is affixed inside. The measurements are 6 1/4”s x 3 3/4”h x 11/2”d. Not everyone has to have the “real” thing. Sometimes it is an issue of money. This “ not so real” purse is the closest I’ve seen to the genuine goods. In fact, the next to the last picture shows an actual Leiber snake minaudiere. Unbelievably similar. Now is your chance to own such a bag at a much lower price. The purse is amazing and stunning. Who would know the difference? Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition
Vintage Leiber Style Minaudiere with Snake Clasp and Swarovski Crystals