Vintage Alligator Cordovan Handbag From Jelleff’s Store Washington DC w/ Box
Item: Ladies Handbag
Dimensions: 9” x 8” x 2 1/2/6” Handle Drop
Construction: Alligator Skin & Leather
Condition: NEW, Never Used, includes original department store box.
Details: This flawless vintage alligator skin handbag from the 1940’s/50’s is an amazing find. The exterior is cordovan alligator, the interior is leather. The interior features two gold trimmed pockets and one zippered pocket. The leather coin purse is still attached with factory packaging string. The bottom has four brass feet and the top is trimmed in brass with a snap latch closure. There is no wear to the handle. This bag looks as if it has been in its original box for the past seventy years! In the 1950’s, this bag was a status symbol. Ladies were obsessed with carrying a “good handbag.”
Jelleff’s was a chain of women’s clothing stores located in Washington, D.C. It’s founder, Frank R. Jelleff, opened his stores in 1910 and catered to the likes of Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, and Mrs. Harry Truman. The stores closed in 1976 with the trend of suburban shopping malls. This is a collector’s must-have!