The process originated with the high laquering of leather, called Japanning. In more modern times, Seth Boyden is credited for perfecting the process of creating patent leather in 1818, thus called because the process once was patented. . Back then, a linseed coating was bonded to the leather to create a high gloass finish. Today, its typically a petroluem product that is bonded. This is not to be confused with poromeric imitation leather Poromeric Imitation Leather is what a lot of folks refer to as "patent leather" when actually it isn't. It has a high glossy finish and is a petroleum product or a vinyl. Because of the material, color can be more consistent in the manufacturing process and a greater flexibility produces every color of the rainbow and then some. The vinyl is typically backed with polyester. The first poromeric leather was released in 1964. It was easily cleanable, but stiff and not breathable, which made it ideal for structured handbags, but not so ideal for shoes. DuPont ceased producing of it in 1971. There are other patented names of glossy substitutes such as Clarino from Japan. PVC. Actually, PVC is polyvinyl chloride. Its an ingredient in what makes "PVC vinyl" but not the end product. As this is the common term in clothing and accessories and not a chemistry lesson, we will go with "PVC." PVC vinyl used in handbags, belts, and other accessories. It is much more flexible than poromerics, thus making it more versatile and more practical for some uses. It is commonly used in accessories, such as belts, trim, some handbags such as tote bags, aprons, and some raingear.
Every decade Patent Handbags make a gigantic comeback. Patent is smart and fashionable to carry. A Patent Handbag makes any outfit come alive!
Terminology regarding the condition of the Vintage Handbags:
Please remember when buying vintage purses there are normally minor imperfections
unless these are very noticable or detract from the style or attractiveness of the item they are not normally mentioned.
LOOKING FOR PERFECTION - VINTAGE IS NOT FOR YOU!
(Mint Condition) MINT - As close to "new" as possible for its age. No problems.
(Excellent Condition) Normal wear expected for age. Any problems are not easily visible.
(Gently Used) Normal wear expected for age. Shows very minimal wear (Used) A purse that was used everyday. Not abused.... but used, shows more noticeable wear.
(Rest assured I do not sell handbags that are not attractive or fit to carry.)
Most vintage patent have very light scratches visible only if held at a certain angle under strong light.
Delightfully different "Lewis" navy blue patent purse the 60's. A huge linked Lucite ivory colored wristlet chain adds even more dramatic appeal. A solid brass latch opens and closes the purse. The interior is lined with dark blue satin with brass zippered sidewall pocket, a slash pocket trimmed with gold metallic patent and a comb slot. There is a comb slot with a comb sand Lewis signature mirror resting in the pocket. A RARE FIND!
This is such a unique RARE showstopper purse from the 60's. Quilted high gloss back patent with large Lucite handles that look like tortoise shell. The interior is lined with a paisley cotton fabric with a long middle brass zippered pocket. Tucked away and never used. MAGNIFICENT VINTAGE!
Astonishing 1960s "Francois of California" handbag covered in butterscotch marbled shiny patent with matching sculptural handles. The spotless oyster mushroom interior features one metal zip and one large open pocket that features the gold Francois logo. The sculptural latch and all other metal fixtures are brass colored metal. A RETRO THEATRICAL HEAD TURNER!
Show stopping 22"Freight Train" long black patent purse. An understated sleek structure The The black patent handle is wristlet length. The unused interior is lined with spill proof tan vinyl with a brass zippered sidewall pocket.
Such a unique and rare parent and faux leather handbag from the 60's. High gloss burlwood patent with cream-colored faux leather front. A large brass-colored circle on the flap is part of the toggle latch. The handle is wristlet length. The interior is lined with pristine dark brown grosgrain with an open slash sidewall pocket. AMAZING VINTAGE!
A divine eye-catching petite black patent clutch from the 70's by Morris Moskowitz. The high gloss patent is gathered into a wide black patent frame. The brass flower shaped latch is set with a large clear bright rhinestone. The unused interior is lined with black grosgrain with two long slash pockets. Resting in one of the pockets is a small black genuine leather coin purse. Tucked away and never used. SENTATIONAL VINTAGE!
"Back to the Future With '60s, Space-Age Chic, the space race in the 1960's produced a crop of young designers aiming to equip the fashion masses for what they assumed to be the next frontier." And handbag designer "ILA of California did just that. Ila designs are off the chart for UNIQUE Space Age looks and this high gloss patent purse is no exception. Large in size with an architectural shape with a matching architectural swivel handle. The interior is lined with gold textured fabric with a slash sidewall pocket and a brass zippered sidewall pocket trimmed with gold metallic faux leather. HOT RETRO ARM CANDY!
A dark coffee brown patent unique handbag from the 60's topped with sculptured faux tortoise shell handles. The sculptured shape of the handles sets of the simple structure of the handbag. The handbag has an open storage pocket on each side on the toggle latch compartment. These compartments are lined with brown grosgrain fabric. The middle compartments interior is lined with pristine beige spill proof vinyl with a brass zippered sidewall pocket. REMARKABLE VINTAGE!
A VERY RARE COLOR is covering this petite A-Line shaped handbag from the 60's by "Ferrano, Milan and Paris". A moss green metallic color with a quilted large flap and strong luggage style handle. The sides fold out to create a roomy interior. The interior is lined with black faux leather with a long open sidewall pocket and a small brass zippered pocket. PHENOMENAL!
Tucked away and never used and still rests in the original box is this novelty shopper tote with a huge battery operated clock with a swiping second hand and Designed by "Prezzo in the middle 90's. High gloss back patent with a quilted trim along the top edges. The straps are shoulder length. The interior is lined with black satin with two open pockets and the clock has a separate zippered patent pocket to keep it safe. All that is needed is to place one double A battery in the clock and hear the soft ticking begin. A REAL RETRO HEAD TURNER!
Measures 14.5" W x 13" H
Betty of Mad Men is carrying ther wrong type handbag. This purse is more like it if she wants to carry off the LOOK!
An amazing 70's very RARE large high gloss black patent sculptural purse by "Ila". The front and back panels are asymmetrical with a huge rotating asymmetrical handle. On the backside there is two slight half moon manufactured process indentations. The interior is lined with gold textured satin with a large open sidewall pocket and a zippered sidewall pocket trimmed with gold metallic faux leather. HOT RETRO!
Bewitching black patent wet-look swing purse from the GO-GO 70's. Fold over style design with a huge gold metal kiss lock latch and gold frame. A swing strap adds even more appeal. The interior is lined with black nylon. Tucked away and never used. SO UNIQUE!
A UNIQUE and eye-catching 80's shoulder purse by "Burlington" High gloss black patent with an art deco inspired design made with genuine snakeskin. The shoulder strap is European length. The interior is lined with black fabric that is marked with the Burlington name pattern. There is a small zippered sidewall pocket. Vintage but totally in for today's fashions.