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MARCUS BROTHERS 50s White Wicker Figural Dog Purse

Item: #40741

Large white Wicker Dog Handbag by Marcus Brothers.
Interior is lined in bone vinyl or leather.
Plaque reads "Marcus Brother Made in HongKong".
Long handle-strap is leather as are the two tabs holding the dog's head.
The handle-strap shows a bit of wear. Otherwise in very good vintage condition. This bag is rare and highly collectible.

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SIZE (in inches):
Height: about 17
Width: 7 1/4
Handle-drop: 5 3/4

Circa: 1950s

Materials: Wicker, Leather, Metal

Designer: Marcus Brothers

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Rosenfeld 60s Figural Fish Purse

Item: #40734

Made in Italy, in the 1960s, iconic figural fish purse by Harry Rosenfeld.
Just large enough to carry your iPhone and a few other small items.
So whimsical!

Rigid raffia wrapped metal handle.
Oval lidded top.
Interior moire lining.
Open pocket.
Label: "Made in Italy for Rosenfeld"

Iconic design, always fashionable!

SIZE (in inches);

Length: About 13 1/2
Height, without handle: 5
Depth: 4 1/2

Circa: 1960s

Materials: Raffia

Designer: Harry Rosenfeld

Mermaid and Fish large vintage 50s Top Handle Handbag

Item: #40572

This bag is a riot, featuring mermaid and fish covered in shimmery pailettes, on a cork background.
Back of purse is cork only.
Goldstone leather or faux leather piping, gussets, handle and covered frame.
Protective bottom feet
Lined in taupe vinyl.
Zippered wall-pocket.
Stamped: Claire Fashions.
A bit of the gold color has been rubbed off from the corner of the frame; also a bit from the handle.

SIZE (in inches):
Length: 12 7/8 bottom; 11 1/2 near top
Height, without handles: 11 1/4
Depth: 3 1/8
Handle-drop: 5 1/2

I have listed shipping cost at $20, for parcel post. I cost comes to less, I will refund the difference; if cost his higher than listed, I will cover the difference.

Circa: 1950s

Materials: Cork

Frog-shaped 50s Green Wicker Purse

Item: #40311

Whimsical frog-shaped handbag in woven kelly green plastic or coated wicker body, clear glass eyes, and olive braided handles.

The lid on top of the body opens to let you store your keys, phone, etc.
Please note that the loop closure that fastens the lid to the little green button has become brittle; eventually it will need to be replaced. Otherwise in excellent condition.
From the 50s.

MEASUREMENT (in inches):
Length: 12
Width: 6
Handle-drop: 9

Circa: 1950s

Materials: Plastic or coated Wicker

KADIN Vintage 50s Nautical Purse

Item: #40167

One-of-a-kind nautical purse, by Kadin. A rare find!

From the 50s.
Purse depicts nautical ship routes, on fabric which has then been covered with clear plastic, so popular in the 50s.
Rounded long handles which let you carry the purse over your shoulder.
Demi-lune shape.
Covered metal frame.
Kiss-lock closure.
Lined in black grosgrain fabric.
Zippered wall pocket. Behind it slip pocket.
Stamped: "Kadin".

In excellent condition.

Size (in inches):
Length: 11 1/2, at widest part
Height: 9 1/4
Depth: 2 3/8 inches
Handle-drop: 6 1/4

Circa: 1950s

Materials: Fabric covered with plastic

Designer: Kadin

Vintage 1985 Taormina SICILY COFFA Bag

Item: #40119

Vintage Taormina, Sicily Coffa Bag

Bought in 1985 in the town of Taormina, Sicily where we noticed fashionable women carrying this type of bag around town and pool-side. I had to have one. Deciding which color to select was the most difficult.

First of all, a coffa bag is one in which Sicilians carry their produce. That was the original intent for this bag made of Sicilian dwarf palm. The bags that are not strictly utilitarian are lavishly embellished, with , then mirrors, colorful pompons, metal lion-heads, ribbons, and more. No doubt a far cry from the original coffa bag this bag (and others like it the are still produced to date) much more elaborate. Last photo is Dolce Gabbana's take on the Sicily coffa bag

Lined in buttercup yellow felt.

The bag has a top loop closure.

It's a darling vintage bag. These bags you can buy today, albeit new at well over seven hundred Dollars. Each bag is hand-made. No two bags are alike.

The bag I am offering here is vintage. The lining is not pristine. In very good condition.

SIZE (in inches)
Length: 21 1/2
Height: 9 1/2
Depth: 12
Handle-drop: 9

Circa: 1980s

White/Gold Faux Vintage Wicker Fish Purse

Item: #4083

From the 50s a faux white and gold Wicker Fish Purse with clear tab and gold-tone hardware, including shells.
Red accents.
Braided handles.
Roomy interior.
Burlap lining.

Protective bottom feet.
Maker unknown. Probably made in HongKong.

In excellent vintage condition.

SIZE (In inches):
Length: About 14 1/2
Height: About 6 1/2
Depth: 4 3/4
Handle-drop: 5

Circa: 1950s

Materials: Faux white and gold wicker

SOURE 50s Horse Racing Handbag1950s

Item: #4028

Rare vintage handbag by SOURE, depicting winning horse and jockey, racing form, and more. Back of purse features a jockey jacket along with riding boots.
Background for this colorful rendition is linen or a linen-type fabric protected by a plastic cover. Stiches, beads, and rhinestones are on top of the plastic.
Creme Rayon-lining. Label present.
Equally at home at the Kentucky Derby or in the city, this is a one-of-a-kind bag.

Dimensions: H: 10 1/2 W: 13 3/8 D: 3 1/4 Handledrop: 6

Circa: 1950s

Designer: SOURE