For your consideration is this large black corde purse with deco inspired lines and clasp. Corde handbags were popular during the 1940's and 1950's when creative and innovative materials had to be used because of a materials shortage due to WWII. THe bags were made by stitching rows of gimp in unique patterns to a fabric background. These bags were known for their durability and obviously this is true since there are many still to be found. THis bag is super large measuring 13 1/2"w x 6 1/2"H x 2 1/2"d. The shape is so deco, it is narrower on the bottom and the sides extend outward as reaches the top. The top corners have "wings" that jut out almost like "bat" wings." THe corde on the body is sewn in a chevron pattern allowing the eye to focus on the shape and the clasp. THe clasp is absolutely fabulous. The shape of the clasp again is deco with curves and lines culminating in a round ball clasp (see pictures). It is a bronze metal and it shows some wearing of the wash. Depending how you look at these matters, it is either worn or it has great patina. The rest of the frame is the same bronze wash and there is etchings on the inside of the frame. THere are some signs of verdigris at the corners of the frame and signs of wear. The inside is lined with a black durable material. THere's an open slip pocket but no maker's label. The inside is in very good condition without any stains. THis purse is not perfect. Besides the aforementioned issues there is a worn area of corde on the underside of one "wing" but it really cant be seen since its on the back. The purse definitely is vintage and does not look as though it was made yesterday. However, it is the obvious deco style and it is the design that attracted me to it even in this condition. It is not often you see a purse that screams DECO as loudly as this one does. It surely makes a statement and is so "cool". (does anyone still use that word?) P.S. Joan Crawford had a collection of these purses! Condition: Near Very Good VINTAGE Condition
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