This is such a lovely handbag. There are identification markings inside but they are so obscured that they cannot be deciphered. It believe it to be European. It has a British vibe. Vintage British bags are a bit more sublime and classic than French bags which have more adornments and ornamentation. The simplicity of this bag creates sophistication and style without excess. The bag is rectangular in shape with rounded top corners. It is made of ostrich skins that have been dyed black. I believe the skins are genuine and the quill bumps provide texture and depth. There are other markings throughout which indicates that the skins are real. Further indications of authenticity is that the quill bumps are irregular and not arranged in an orderly pattern.
There is a frame with rounded corners and it too is covered with ostrich skins. Adding to the classic style of the bag, is a fragonard medallion that is the clasp of the bag. The romantic porcelain medallion portrays a lady and gentleman from the aristocratic class in a courting situation. The colors are bright and strong and the medallion is inserted in a decorative bezel. It clicks when pressed down and the bag is the closed. There is an optional serpentine chain that is a light gold color and has a drop of 5". This chain can be tucked inside and the bag can then be used as a clutch. The bag is lined with a black fabric that resembles silk. There are two open slip pockets, one which has a gold grosgrain lining. The inside shows signs of use, nothing major. It has been used and loved. The measurements are 8 1/2"w x 6 1/2"h x 2"d. The bag is in wonderful vintage shape. Besides the inside showing signs of use, the hardware on the side shows minuscule indications of verdigris. The back of the medallion shows wear. All mentioned for accuracy sake. This is a well made luxury bag. It is classic and can be dressed up or down. It is classic and timeless. Bags do not have to have a lot of glitz to reign supreme. This bag rules!!! Condition: Excellent - VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Ostrich Handbag with Fragonard Medallion