DESIGNER BRAND: Lederer de Paris (interior label).
TYPE: Travel beauty case trunk (a hinged lid, a solid multi layered top handle, brass latches, a light weight wood construction, padded & cushioned surfaces). Custom-made per order; one-of-a-kind and rare.
SKIN: Crocodile Porosus in sophisticated pastel olive with natural color variation characteristic to the light tanned skin of this age (multiple central belly cuts of the utmost symmetry, treated with coveted lap polished Bombe finish, with original patina).
METAL: Brushed solid brass latches (engraved "Lederer")
INTERIOR: Leather and quilted leatherette (clear vinyl protectors to host little necessities, removable interior belts to hold items in place)
CONDITION: Remarkable, near mint vintage condition with only very minor signs of age. I carefully inspected it in and out and didn't find any bad damage (wear, cracks, tarnish or odor). Supple, shiny exterior. Clean interior. Solid handle with natural slight oxidation and minor signs of gentle use. Secure latches (no key).
STYLIST'S TIP: Display this rare piece of fashion history to accessories your upscale decor. Or take her for that special trip, to make it unforgettable for both.
HISTORY: Lederer de Paris, Inc. was founded in Europe by Ludwig Lederer in 1898. By 1939, when their first U.S. store was opened in New York (711 Firth Avenue), they were operating over 20 boutiques worldwide. Meticulously handcrafted from start to finish, their luxurious skin bags were meant to last. Their vintage pieces from the 1940s-1960s are coveted by collectors for their complex techno-designs, finest skins and superb handmade craftsmanship. (Copyright 1999-2012 Victoria Stowe. All rights reserved.)
BOOK: Read about collectible vintage crocodile handbags and trunks by Lederer de Paris in our fashion encyclopedia "Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" by Victoria Stowe on pp. 117-123. You're welcome to purchase an autographed copy of the book from our Malleries boutique.