This is a very unusual old vintage handbag, and I doubt that you will ever see another like it.
It dates to around the 1940s.
Sadly, it is slightly shabby chic in condition - and this is reflected in my asking price here.
The exterior is nice and clean - and is a tall rectangular shape, measuring 7 inches in height and 5 1/2 inches wide, and the overall height including the handle is 10 1/4 inches.
The exterior is made of a cafe au lait coloured silk - please look at my photographs of the material in close up as it is quite exquisite. The silk has woven Chinoiserie patterns all over - little Chinese men and women sitting beside incense burners and small garden tables or pagodas. The detailing is very delicate in detail. The little single handle is made of the same material - this is in generally fine condition with no wear or damages.
There is a gilded metal frame around the outer edges - and when you flip the little catch at the top - the bag drops open in a concertina fashion. The interior is made of cream silk: sadly, this is where it starts to get a little shabby chic - the silk has a couple of area of staining - but not grubby in any way - just a few marks which come with age.
There is a little central mirror which is encased in silk and on a pivot. The mirror is in good clean condition with no damages. There is also a little built-in coin purse - and a few little pockets on the other side. Mostly handy for keeping cosmetics in etc.
Hope that you can work out the form and decoration of this unusual bag from my photographs.
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