Vintage Patent Leather Handbags

Sophisticated high gloss VINTAGE Patent Handbags.  

History

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.

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Delightfully different RARE Caramel-colored high gloss patent purse from the 80' by "Bellini". The flap is trimmed with a solid brass zipper trim. There is a tuck away gold metal shoulder length chain. strap. The interior is lined with blach ribbed fabric with a ziuppered sidewall pocket. Tucked away and never used. ASTONISHING VINTAGE!

Measures 8.5" W x 6"H

Mint Condition

Item# PAT90-1

SOLD

 

Quilted Patent Chanel 90's $3,800.00

 

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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!

Measures 13" W x 7.5" H

Item# PAT200-40

$115.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Astonishing long 1960s Space Age sculptural metallic hot rod blue patent purse. The arching built in handle really is an eye catcher. The hardware is brass colored metal. The interior is lined with beige spill proof vinyl. PURE RETRO ARM CANDY!

Measures 15" W x 8" H

Excellent Condition

Item# PAT90-2

$58.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Show stopping lady roomy "CANDY APPLE" patent purse from the 70's. The rounded frame is also covered in patent that gives this purse a sleek look. The strong handle is wristlet length. The interior is lined with spill proof beige-colored vinyl. Tucked away and never used. DRAMATIC RETRO!

Measures 14" W x 3" H

Mint Condition

Item# PAT90-3

$75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

Measures 9" W x 7.5" H

Mint Condition

Item# PAT200-10

$58.00

 

 

 

 

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A totally UNIQUE black patent double kiss lock purses. Two separate patent purses are housed between two black patent panels. The straps are wristlet length. The interiors are lined with back One interior has a brass zippered sidewall pocket. Grosgrain fabric. EXTRAORDINARY RETRO PURSE!

Measures 8"W x 6.5" H

Excellent Condition

Item# PAT90-4

$65.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

Measures 7.5" W x 6" H

Mint Condition

$65.00

Item# PAT200-13 

 

 

Betty of Mad Men is carrying ther wrong type handbag. This purse is more like it if she wants to carry off the LOOK!

 

 

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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!

Measures 12" W x 13" H (not including the handle)

Excellent Condition

Item# PAT107-1

$145.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Measures 8" W x 7" H

Mint Condition

Item# PAT07-2

$65.00

 

 

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