This is known as a Coach 'Dinky Bag'. It was made in New York City. The color is either 'Saddle' or 'Tabac'. I have included a 1981 Coach Color chart so you can decide.
This Dinky Bag is likely to become a collector's item because it was made in New York City in the 70's or early 1980's. Bags from this era are becoming very difficult to find. You can however, buy a new limited edition Coach Dinky Bag this year because it was one of three iconic Coach Bags selected by Coach to look back on in its 75th year with a special edition:
"Coach has undergone a major revamp under the keen eye of creative director Stuart Vevers, but on the occasion of celebrating 75 years in the leather biz, the brand is taking a look back by launching three customized iconic vintage bags. The Dinky, Stewardess and Duffle were selected for the "Coach Vintage Collection," sourced from collections all over the world, but originally created in NYC in the 1970s and 80s....The limited-edition collection retails for $595-$1,195 and will be available exclusively at Barneys New York locations on Madison Avenue and Beverly Hills, as well as barneys.com." http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g6930/coach-75th-anniversary/
You can buy this slightly distressed but very cool NYC Dinky bag from our shop for close to the same price it was listed at in 1981. This is what Coach had to say about the Dinky Bag in its 1981 Catalog:
Dinky bag...... $46
Complete with inside zipper compartment. Doubles nicely as evening bag. One piece sewn on tubular handle. Solid brass turn lock. All 10 coach colors shown on page 3.
Length: 9 inches
Height: 5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Strap Drop: 22-24 inches
This bag is in good condition for its age. It is clean inside out. However, it does have some signs of distress. There is a small tear on the beading. [ See collage photo 5] There are also small ink marks on the side of the bag and an owner apparently wrote her name under the flap over cover. [see photos 2 and 3] . The bag also has the typical scratches, scuffs and wrinkles you find in a bag this age. There is a stain on the bottom of the bag. In addition, there is some additional wear along the corner piping. Please review the photos carefully because they are part of this piece’s description and condition. Please feel free to ask questions or ask for more photos. Etsy limits the number of photos we can post with listing so we have more available.
Significance of New York City Coach Bags
NYC Coach bags are beginning to disappear at an alarming rate. This Coach leather bag is one of the most sought after Coach products by collectors because it is a "New York City Bag". These are some of the highest quality Coach products. "New York City" bags were made in the original Coach factory in New York City that operated from the late 1960's through the mid 1980's. Some, but not all, of the Coach bags produced during this era were designed by the well known American designer Bonnie Cashin. Consequently, when you buy a New York City Coach bag you are buying more than an accessory, you are making a potential investment.
The statement on the creed: "Made in New York City, U.S.A." verifies this bag's origin. It bears Coach registration number No 349-0915
If you like this vintage Coach bag and want to see similar leather products from Coach and other reputable manufacturers at a fraction of the original cost, please visit our shop ProVintageGear at:https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear