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Vintage Black Corde 1940s handbag with mother-of-pearl trim.Please
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The Corde bag was THE bag of the 1940s, with other materials being in short supply. Their advertisers stated this was 'the longest wearing of all handbag fabrics', and this has certainly been proved to be the case! A surprising number of these bags still exist - we have probably sold a good half-dozen in various styles ahd colours over the last ten years - but I have never seen one like this before!
The most desirable Corde bags at the time were those with clear or tortoise-shell- coloured lucite handles, trims or pulls; this one - unique in my experience - is trimmed with lucite posing as mother of pearl!
I should just say at this point - in parenthesis, as it were - that I was sold this as mother-of-pearl...I don't believe it is, but it may be; the question is, which is more desirable? I can't decide; so it probably doesn't matter too much!
In perfect condition, as far as I can see, and very clean inside and out, approximate measurements are: width, 8 ¾ to 9 ½ inches (18.5 to 24 cms); depth, 6 ¾ ins (17 cms) excluding trim; 2 ¼ ins (6 cms) at the gusset; trim ½ inch (1 cm)...and it is LOVELY!
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