This is a stunning, highly collectable, elegant Art Deco vintage evening purse or bag in super soft black suede on a solid silver frame set with marcasite. It is in exceptional condition given its age.
- Finely engraved frame inside and out in scrolling designs on all sides except the front which is set with sparkling marcasite along with the fasten clasp mechanism to the top of the frame in the centre
- The marcasite is arranged in classic Art Deco designs and with a sweet little heart to the middle just under the clasp
- Hallmarked in three places on the frame: under the small finger pull to the front and on both sides to the inside of the frame. The marks indicate import marks for London in 1937 and the maker R.L. & Co. I believe that to be the marks for Rosalie Landstone & Co whose business was last recorded to be based at 73-75 Goswell Street, London in 1913
- Lined in black satin and has two small pockets, one which has an additional lipstick sleeve. Each pocket is edged in silver which I think may be leather
- The silver is in excellent condition and has only very minor occasional surface scratches visible under my magnifier.
- The very sparkly marcasite does have occasional stones missing which aren't noticeable because of the elaborate volume of stones in the first place. To be expected on the push back and shut clasp, there are several stones missing to the lowest row but again not really noticeable
- This little bag has probably been used and loved and yet the lining is in immaculate condition except for some very minor cracking to the silver edging of the pockets which if they are leather may be age related rather than due to use
- The colour of the suede at the very sides of the bag is sightly faded which may be from storage. There is some slight rub to the underside of the suede handle
- Measures just under 6" from the top of the frame to the bottom and 7" wide at the widest point across the bottom. The dainty little suede handle measures just under 6.5" in total.
This is a stunning little handbag of exceptional high quality that would give you that sparkle and something different for your evening outfit, something to cherish or to add to your collection.