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Vintage Handbag Collectors

For lovers of vintage and antique handbags: beaded, bejeweled, mesh, knitted, tapestry and more.

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Latest Activity: Jul 28, 2019

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vintage handbags?

i have these old handbags which have been left to me, wanting to start selling them can anyone tell me about these, please?Continue

Started by BARBARA MURPHY Oct 17, 2017.

Harry rosenfield cylinder evening bag

I am looking to find the age of this bag . I have only found one made in Italy, but it was all metal. Hoping someone here has information to share.Thank youJulieContinue

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Help pricing a clutch purse?

Made sometime in the 40's I believe. Says "Handmade HongKong" inside. Is in perfect…Continue

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Comment by labonnevivante.com on October 1, 2010 at 4:10pm
VINTAGE WHTING AND DAVIS GOLD MESH HANDBAG


Whiting & Davis Corporation
Plainville, Massachusetts


Whiting and Davis was established in 1896 when Charles Whiting and Edward P. Davis bought out the Wade Davis Company. They began production of their famous metal mesh bags and changed the name of the company. In 1907, Whiting bought out Davis's interest in the company and incorporated, keeping the company name.


The Whiting & Davis application for trademark indicates they make "Metal Mesh Bags, comprised Wholly or in part of metal that is not precious, in All sizes and forms, both soldered and woven mesh." They give July 29, 1921 as the first use of their logo. The trademark was renewed 3 times, last in 1983. The cancellation of the trademark is dated June 21, 2003.
(SOURCE:http://www.bagladyemporium.com/blu/index.php?n=Main.WhitingDavisCo)
Comment by labonnevivante.com on October 1, 2010 at 3:57pm
VINTAGE SOURE VIGNETTE BAG 40S-50S

Comment by labonnevivante.com on October 1, 2010 at 3:55pm
VINTAGE DELILL TAPESTRY BAG C~40S-50S

Comment by labonnevivante.com on October 1, 2010 at 3:50pm
Delete Comment SOURE NY "applique" HANDBAG c~1940S-1950S

Comment by labonnevivante.com on October 1, 2010 at 3:40pm
VINTAGE DELILL TAPESTRY BAG C40S-50S


Delill handbags were created by a company known as Delill Creations and the trademark name was registered first on Sept 1 1941 by Desire and Lilly Rotkel---- thus the name De from Desire and Lill from Lilly combined to make Delill; in 1949 they were located at 17 Union Square in New York City; in 1955 Delill Creation bags were made "Bags by Lilly" subtitle; The last renewal of the trademark name Delill was made in 1968 and the trademark name is now dead. Those labeled made in West Germany were made after World War II when Germany was divided into East and West Sections. The company appears to have had bags made in Japan and Italy as well as Germany. Some of the "trunk bags" came from Italy. Information learned on Google's Bag Lady Site.
Comment by labonnevivante.com on October 1, 2010 at 3:37pm
SOURE NY BEADED HANDBAG c~1940S-1950S


After WWII, Soure' produced a myriad of embellished and collage bags, many with needlepoint details, some actually constructed on unfinished needlepoint canvases. While the proof has eluded me to date, I assume post-war European warehouses were full of luxury good materials for with there was no European market and many workers had no factories in which to work. So there was likely a lot of unfinished canvases or many workers available cheap, because these bags are plentiful to this day.



This closeup shows the variety of materials used to embellish these bags. The Base material is needlepoint canvas. Glass beads are applied with glue. The flowers cut from another piece of needlepoint and glued to the center, along with gold plastic leaves and faceted plastic jewels. Condition is critical to value on these bags. Most often, they have lost a lot of their charm along with many of their trims. If stored improperly, dust will accumulate and there is no cleaning them! Other makers of bags in this manner are LlewellynInc and Caron of Houston.
(SOURCE: http://bagladyemporium.com/BLU/index.php?n=Main.SoureBagCo_
Comment by Chicago Retro on September 29, 2010 at 4:00pm
beautiful bag seasons past!!
Comment by Seasons Past on September 29, 2010 at 9:29am

Hi all, I'm new to this site and so glad I found it. Here's a beautiful hand beaded bag that belonged my Grandmother that dates to the turn of the century.

Comment by vicki hufstetler on September 24, 2010 at 11:35am
Thanks! :) I did have another awesome art nouveau leather bag - don't remember if I still have it, or if I sold it - I'll post the pics, if I can find it - LOL
Comment by Chicago Retro on September 23, 2010 at 6:46pm
Vicki I am absolutly speachless, it is so flipping georgious, just, WOW!!!
 

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