This is a very stylish, slim looking crocodile handbag in very good condition. It is not immaculate, it has been used and to that end, although there is no tarnish to the frame, much of the gilt has worn off the clasp and frame where it is visible along the crocodile covered top bar. Ironically the frame on the inside has survived with virtually no tarnish or abrasions and is still shiny. The rest of the outside of the handbag is in excellent condition. The skins are supple, intact (even to the gussets) and still glossy. The handle, usually the Achilles heel of crocodile handbags is firm and strong with no cracks or splits. It is also longer than it appears in the photos and just long enough to be worn over the shoulder if required. The only issues at all to the exterior are a few minor marks to the back and base of the handbag. The handbag is lined in tan leather which does have some evidence of use, a few marks and the obligatory pen mark (in this case ink, so a fountain pen we presume, a much more upmarket and classy stain than a biro mark!). Notwithstanding the marks to the lining it is basically clean.
There is a zipped pocket and two crocodile edged slip pockets. The small mirror pocket has a couple of stitches missing at the top on the left side and the larger slip pocket, being soft leather, is slightly stretched. No brand name but the leather used for the lining is very soft and top quality so added to the quality of the skins and the double layer handle we think a high end manufacturer. The handbag appears slimmer than it is because of the shape, it is taller than many Kelly bags so appears slimmer (much as in real life, don't we all wish we were taller, to look slimmer...).
A stylish, elegant and understated crocodile handbag which is not immaculate, so absolutely perfect to wear without being too precious about it. If not for the loss of gilt to the frame and the few imperfections in the lining, a handbag of this quality would be considerably more expensive, especially as they are becoming increasingly hard to find in excellent to mint condition.
It is 10.5" x 8" x 3"