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Brown 'Chamelle' kelly bag with original mirror and purse, by Essell.
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Absolutely classically-styled handbag by Essell from the 1960s has a single strap handle, gold-coloured clasp and fittings and front detail for ease of opening It has a sturdy, square profile and is remarkably clean inside and out.

It has both the original two-sided mirror, and the matching purse. This really is in unused condition; the purse still has its tag attached: 'An "Essell" regd. handbag in Chamelle The new wonder fabric'.

Chamelle was developed in the late fifties/early sixties and was widely used for handbags, as it has many of the properties of leather: smart, strong and shiny, it resists scuffs and stains, and is easily cleaned with soap and water...which may explain why this bag is in such excellent condition!

As accurately as I can measure, the bag's width is 9 to 10 inches (24 to 25.5 cms), depth is 7 inches (18 cms), and the base is 1 inches (4.5 cms)across; the strap measures 15 inches (38 cms), and the little purse approximately 5 x 3¾ inches (12.5 x 9.5 cms). Classic and, I truly believe, perfect, this bag will go with everything!


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