For years, roosters have been involved in country French interior decorating designs. Think of a such a kitchen or, for that matter, an entire house with pictures of roosters, sculptures of roosters, even roosters on fabrics and rugs. What a "hoot" to display this rooster handbag among all the other rooster decorative objects. Of course, this bag can always be used for its intended purpose, as a handbag.
Adding to the interest is the meanings attached to the rooster such as sexuality, resurrection, observance, bravery, pride, prudence strength and honesty. Is it any wonder that the rooster is so often found in unexpected places. This bag was produced in the '60's and '70's in two speciality stores in Orlando, Florida. This box bag is shaped with six sides so it is a hexagon. It is made of wood and it is a soft pale yellow color. I believe the bag is covered with paper mache designed to look like boxes and chevron strips. On top of this there are hand painted appliques of roosters. There are two on the front, one on the top and one on the bottom. The roosters are large, They stand tall and erect and their pride is obvious. The paint appears to be a thick enamel and the colors are bright and strong. They are bordered in an extra thick edging of different colored paint. This edging is significantly raised and depth is created. The plumage is full of these heightened lines which creates a beautiful thickness. The roosters face each other on the front and they seem to be talking to one another. Now the rooster on the top is a little different. It is highly stylized and although it uses the same paints and techniques, it is a bit strange. The rooster on the back is gorgeous but it doesn't have the heightened trim. There are additional appliques that are small shapes and a flower that also are colorful and dimensional. All this results in a striking homage to the rooster in handbag form. The bag closes with a three ball closure. It is a goldish metal. The bag is held by a streaked red/brown handle that is curved and slightly twisted. It has a drop of 5". The inside is lined with a green felt material and there is a lacey white corde trim all around the bag. There is an oval mirror on the inside of the top of the bag. The inside looks like the bag was never used. The bottom is signed "Gollywog of Florida." There are four buttons on the bottom for protection. The bag is in great condition. There aren't any issues to state. The bag measures 9"w x 5 1/2"h x 5"d.
So now when the rooster crows in the morning, you can think of this lovely handbag displayed in your kitchen or on a shelf in your closet! Condition: Excellent+ VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Hand Painted Gollywog Handbag wIth Roosters