Vintage 1950s Purse Oxblood Burgundy Triangle Shape Earl Groth Ft Wayne Ind Original Tag


This exceptional vintage purse dates to the1950s. In the shape of a triangle, the exterior feels like leather and is a lovely burgundy oxblood color. The interior is lined with black fabric and it features an open side pocket that contains an unused/still wrapped cosmetic mirror and a zippered pocket on the opposite side. There is also a change purse on an elastic string. Hanging from the zipper is the original price tag from Earl Groth & Co. Ft. Wayne, Ind. The goldtone clasp is very unusual – it is a kiss clasp but it looks like two bells!

Extra: The original owner of this purse was the wife of the department store owner, Earl Groth. I found most of her clothing to be tailor made/couture and high end. She outfitted a couple of her handbags with matching accessories and this bag is one that will come to you with a pair of matching three-quarter length vintage gloves!

Label: Purse – None Gloves – Duosuede Kayser Made in U.S.A. Trade Marks Size 7

Fabric Content: Purse – Unknown. The exterior feels like a soft leather, but I don’t think it is. Gloves – “Duosuede” (Here is a vintage newspaper advertisement for Duo-suede Gloves, dated October 5, 1945.

Measures: Purse – about 13″ across the bottom and about 4 1/2″ across the top of the frame. The base is about 2 1/4″. Gloves – CAUTION: These gloves do not measure to be a size 7. They are only about 2 1/2″ across the palm, making them more like a size 5. They are very, very small. While they have a little piece of elastic below the wrist, there is not much stretch.

Condition: Both the pocketbook and the gloves are in excellent, clean condition, the original tissue paper packing is still inside both the purse and the coin purse. Details: It does not appear that the either have ever been used. I did not take the mirror out of the wrapping so as not to tear the paper, so I do not know the exact condition of the mirror. The little elastic string that connects the coin purse to the bag has lost it’s elasticity about 1/4″ from where it attaches to the bag. There is a thread that runs from the center bottom of the interior of the purse to the end of the zipper pocket. I don’t know why it’s there, but if the purse had been used the thread surely would have broken or been cut off. Finally, the bottom corners of the purse are scuffed, as if from storage.

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