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Era: Recently I got my hands on the remnants of an extensive estate sale. The entire collection was in excellent condition and difficult to date due to the wide range of pieces and eras. I have intentionally under-dated some items in order to avoid possible misdirection. In this case, this piece is at least as old as the 1930s, but could potentially be a flapper piece from the later '20s.

Description: I have not begun an item's title with the word "The" until now. You see, to me this stunning piece is the epitome of the vintage croc handbag. There is indeed plenty of apparent wear and this purse has obviously been loved by generations of women. The exterior has become soft and crackly while still maintaining a sense of structure and shine. The brass fixtures are lined in just the tiniest bit of teal/green. The interior is extremely soft and weathered with a couple small tears at the joints, but an intact pocket and lining. The clasp is still in perfect working order. A truly epic addition to any handbag or vintage collection.

Measurements:
Top to Bottom: 5.75"
Side to side: 9.5"
Width: 2.25"
Handle: 4.75" wide and 2.75" tall

Condition: Moderate. The only structural issue that would influence function at all is a spot on one side where the exterior layer has separated partially from the interior leather lining. It is about 4.5" in length. Presently, the pieces sit nearly as if they were connected, but I would recommend mending professionally if you are considering using this piece more than a couple times a year. Also, the metal frame was once covered in leather that has worn away to reveal the slightly tarnished metal beneath. Otherwise, all signs of aging are standard for antique animal skin and metals. Please inquire if you'd like to see more photographs.

The 1930s Crocodile Handbag

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: crocodile skin, brass closure and findings, metal frame
  • Feedback: 50 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Illinois, United States
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