DESIGNER BRAND: Rosenfeld Genuine Alligator (interior stamp)
TYPE: Double handled shopper tote (a self-covered frame; an engraved button-clasp; a protected bottom; tailored gussets)
SKIN: American baby alligator (supreme, matched central belly skins of the highest symmetry, with beautifully uniformed markings; treated with coveted Bombe finish).
METAL: Gold plated brass (a polished frame, a brushed clasp cap).
INTERIOR: Genuine leather (red-black lining; a zippered wall compartment; 2 slip pockets).
CONDITION: Amazing vintage mint to near mint condition that looks hardly used. Supremely pliable skins; pristine interior; sturdy handles. Hard to believe it's about 50 years old.
HISTORY: Harry Rosenfeld Handbags, Inc. (1930s-1970s) was founded by Harry Rosenfeld in New York (135 Madison Ave). This creative brand specialized in unique, upscale handbags made from premium materials sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, B. Altman & Co., Lord & Taylor and Bonwit Teller. Their distinct features include top quality skins lap-polished by hand and treated with ultimate Bombe finish, the elaborate gold-plated hardware, lacquered enameled frames, rhinestone-encrusted clasps, Lucite and Bakelite accents, accessories, trimmed interiors and welted seams. In 1947, they participated in the Bloomingdale’s “Woman of Fashion” collection presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on its 75th Anniversary. In the 1970s, they collaborated with the glamorous New York jewelry designers, Kenneth J. Lane, who created a fantastic line of bejeweled evening purses for Rosenfeld. By far, Roselfeld is one of the most collectible vintage brands. (Copyright 1999-2012 Victoria Stowe. All rights reserved.)
BOOK: Read about collectible vintage alligator handbags by Harry Rosenfeld in our fashion encyclopedia "Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" by Victoria Stowe on pp. 172-183. You're welcome to purchase an autographed copy of the book from our Malleries boutique.