This is a fabulous lipstick red patent leather handbag from Holmes Norwich BUT with a defect. It's in an elegant shape with a dainty front detail and mock pull tab. Holmes of Norwich made good quality handbags sold through department stores and shoe shops, often with matching shoes. Alas although the handbag looks barely used, through bad storage it has a dark shadow mark across the front and a few similar marks to the back, which is a shame because in all other respects in it's in excellent condition. The handle is uncreased, the elegant gilt clasp still shiny and the gilt frame has minimal signs of age, just minor diminution of gilt here and there. The patent leather (apart from the marks) is excellent with no scuffs or scratches of note, even to the base. The inside doesn’t disappoint either, the cream grosgrain lining is in near pristine condition, it is clean with no marks or stains. There is a slip pocket and a zipped pocket behind it. The Holmes of Norwich name and logo is printed in gilt on the red patent of the lining.
So, is a super handbag, in a very sought after glossy lipstick red, from a well known quality brand, in an elegant shape and a great size for all essentials. But it does have the defects. Notwithanding this we thought it could be used for less formal events, vintage dress up events and would be a shame for it not to be used. In perfect condition it would be a very sought after handbag and considerably more expensive, so get the look for less.
It is 10.5" x 6.5" x 3"