Fashionistas who are into exotic skin handbags know the brand Colombetti. Often mistaken for a Leiber bag, this brand from Milan produces high quality bags from many types of materials. They began in the 1930's and they still have a boutique in Milan. They are known throughout the world by those in the "know." This particular bag makes its statement with the color of its skins and their mirror like shine. The bag is medium size and is rounded with curves. The bottom is wider than the top. The skins are from the python and the scales are in wonderful condition being both large and small. They are soft to the touch. The color is a deep honey amber that has been glazed to a high shine. The color is strong and bold and the shine accentuates its beauty. The skins are ruched at the top resulting in folds that defines the front and the back into three sections. This ruching is a technique that is not often used with snakeskin. It gives dimension and depth to the bag. The bag has a clamper like frame. It is rounded and comes from the back and closes tightly. It is gold tone metal that is covered with these honey colored skins. Under the clamper, there is a bright gold tone frame. The "bar" is separated into three sections with thin gold lines. The frame has a small tab that is lifted in order to open the bag. The gold tone link chain is also exceptional. It is very decorative and is bold yet charming. The drop is 21". The inside is lined with a dark dark brown leather (?). There is an open slip pocket. There is an oval gold tone metal identification panel stating "Colombetti Milan Made in Italy." The inside is in great condition. The measurements are 11"w x 7"h x 1 1/2"d. The bag is in wonderful condition with the most insignificant vintage indications.
Perfect as a transitional bag from summer to fall, this Colombetti is a keeper! Don't spread the word, because the more people who "know", the more the price will go up and it will be more difficult to find these gems! Condition; Excellent VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Colombetti Python Snakeskin Handbag