In the early 1960s, Enid Collins made a place in fashion for herself with her hand decorated wooden box purses. Her trademark, Collins of Texas with the hand-drawn horse, was popular with all the young fashion-conscious ladies. If you carried one of these handbags, you “had arrived;” they were truly status symbols. A few seasons later, she came out with the cloth/burlap bags, but continued with the fun decorations. This purse, entitled Americana, would have been offered at upscale stores like Neiman Marcus. The purse measures 13 1/4” wide, 8 1/8” tall, not including the handles; it is decorated with the a charcoal eagle with large red “jewel” on its wings and tail. It is also decorated with large white “jewels” encircled with a bronze color trim; all the decoration is in excellent condition except for part of the bronze trim is missing on a while jewel. The purse closure is made of a black leather strap that fastens over a brass turn-knob. The handles are the same black leather as is the trim at the top and bottom of the purse. The bottom of the bag is made of varnished wood. The inside of the purse is clean, but the liner is split in one place. The purse is signed ec copyright on the lower right outside corner and again on the inside pocket and marked Copyright Enid Collins on the inside left. The leather has lost some polish on the trim where it bends, but for being 50+ years old, it is in very good condition. There are a couple of very faint small smudges on the cloth.
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1960s Enid Collins Cloth Hand Bag Americana