Sunday, February 12, 2012

And Now For The Bags

After two posts on vintage shoes, its time to do one on handbags.  I've been meaning to another post about my own collection of exotic skin bags (first one here) but opted first to share some museum quality examples.  These from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Hermes "Mallett"
1950
Leather, Metal, Synthetic 

This bag was favored by wealthy women who wanted to carry their jewelry with them.  The purse has a separate locked compartment in the bottom of the bag.

Hermes
1988
Leather

Hermes
1954
Leather

Lucille de Paris
1965-1975
Alligator & Gold Metal

Matching handbag and shoes were a must for the well dressed woman in the 60's.  It's rare to find a matching set since shoes were often discarded before handbags.  Don't let the name fool you, Lucille de Paris was an American company based in New York and specialized in alligator and exotic leathers.

Cartier
1955-1965
Leather, Bamboo, Stone

American or European
Late 60's
Leather, Plastic



American or European
1935-1945
Leather, Metal

Gucci
1960-1985
Leather, Brass, Plastic

Barry Kieselstein-Cord
1992
Alligator, Gold, Silk

Carlos Falchi
1970
Leather, Skins

American
1964
Alligator

Mark Cross
1955
Leather (looks like Ostrich), Metal

American or European
1940
Leather

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