Great 1940s Snakeskin handbag with that undeniable period look in stylish brown leather.
Just the right thing for those 1940s re-enactment weekends in Haworth or Pickering?
Add a jaunty hat, fox fur and leather gloves and you will be instantly transported back.
It is a really unusual handbag with plaited panels on the front leading down from the handles.
There is a really stylish brass opener which you twist to open the bag and in full working order with a few marks on the brass but nothing major.
Inside is also unusual with a little pocket with a leather flap and working popper which matches the handbag and there are four other internal pockets one which has a fully working zip and there is also a lipstick slot and two others – probably for a lighter and cigarettes as was the way in those days!
The inside is lined in suede – generally unmarked but with some stains at the base of the larger pocket.
Generally in good vintage condition with the usual scuffs and scrapes on the outside but nothing too serious and still very usable. Some wear on the handles but they are still very sturdy. The price reflects the wear as this would have been a very expensive bag in its time.
There is no makers name but there is a Made in England label.
This 1940s Snakeskin handbag measures 28cms in width and 22cms high. The handles measure 45cms each.
Note: Although some people do not agree with skins of some animals being used in this way this is a genuine vintage item and this was more acceptable at the time and makes for a very smart period handbag.