Sometimes, you find the most interesting things in the most unexpected places. This vintage Art Deco cognac crocodile handbag has lots of interesting things about it. Lots.
To start, it’s the perfect size for a night out. But it’s not just about size (is it ever?). It has the function of a handbag created today. There’s a back pocket for sliding in theater tickets at an easy reach. Inside, there’s another slim pocket on the interior of the flap, a small back pocket that houses not only a mirror (still intact) but a small wipe off note tablet (who has ever seen such a thing?!). The front pocket has pockets within the pocket, two of which hold small brass flaçons – one for an aspirin or two and the other for a dab of perfume maybe? The other two smaller pockets here are empty. And then – well then, there’s the middle interior pocket. Which has. . . .you guessed it, another surprise pocket, shaped almost like a change purse.
There’s plenty of room for few credit cards, your ID, a lipstick and your cell phone. Not to mention a playbill or a secret note from someone. That’s up to you. The hardware is brass and there is also a second handle made of crocodile, if you’re looking for more of a Kelly Bag silhouette.
And the last little surprise? Well, that’s a little card found deep in one of the pockets, with the date (April 18, 1938) and someone’s weight printed on it, along with their fortune, from the D.M. Brown , Ltd, store at 80 High Street, Dundee, UK (that’s in Scotland for those of you keeping track).
The inside is a soft brown canvas and there are no markings to identify the manufacturer. Everything is in working order, although the bag does show that it’s been loved (see photos for wear at the bottom). But with all of those delightful surprises, what’s not to love?