Offering a vintage python reptile purse by famed designer Martin Van Schaak in the 1960's. This designer, a trendsetter ahead of his times, styled custom made purses for his wealthy clients, including Jackie Kennedy. He was a great influence on Judith Leiber and his ingenuity can be seen mirrored in her later designs. This particular purse is a shoulder bag which can easily be converted to a clutch. It is made of light sand colored python skins which are in relatively good shape. There is some slight lifting of the large scales, especially at the top of the purse where the foldover flap opens and closes. Typical of this kind of skins, especially with age. THere is a large 2"h x 2"w jeweled ornament at the site of the push in clasp. THis decorative adornment is jewelry quality, typical of the embellishments that Van Schaak routinely used. It consists of 8 multi colored large glass stones that are bevel set in a goldtone setting. Two large oval stones are faux pearls, and the other "jewels" are onyx colored, amethyst colored, ruby colored , lapis colored and aurora borealis. The aurora borealis is probably a replacement stone since it is not quite an oval set in an oval frame. You really can't notice this, I only did upon very close scrutiny of the purse. Likewise, the goldtone chain is jewelry quality. It is a substantial mix of shiny and goldtone interlocking ovals (see pictures). It is gorgeous. The inside is lined with ivory colored leather and there are 2 open pockets, the original mirror and the Martin Van Schaak New York gold lettered imprint is inside. The inside shows faint signs of use but it is clean considering its age. THe dimensions are 8"w x 6+" h x 1+"d. Despite its few issues, this is a gorgeous example of Van Schaak's expertise in style and design. A classic purse from a classic designer. Condition: Very Good Vintage COndition
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