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Dating a briefcase/bag. Is it something older or 2000s?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by bloodymery, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. bloodymery

    bloodymery Registered Guest

    Hi! Today I found such a briefcase / purse in an old mens basement. I wonder if it is something older or maybe newer. There is no tag. The material is leather. I searched for information about the zipper manufacturer (Ultra?), but found nothing. Handles are especially interesting, made of the same material as the handbag and additionally made of something like brass. They can be hidden by sliding them down, and also stretched to the sides. Can anybody help me to age the purse ? I would be grateful.

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  2. Avantbo

    Avantbo Registered Guest

    Hi, early 70s imo, Shargreen effect, are you sure its leather?
  3. Midge

    Midge Super Moderator Staff Member

  4. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    General impression is 70’s, but only because I have had a few 70’s bags with funky sliding handles. It may have started well before then though. I’d be interested to see others expertise on this.
  5. bloodymery

    bloodymery Registered Guest

    Thank you all for your answers. Yes, I made some tests and it's definitely leather. I also asked one person to confirm it. Have you seen any handbags with similar handles? This was the first time I saw such handles and I must admit that they interested me the most.
  6. Avantbo

    Avantbo Registered Guest


    BIB, no I haven't but as GemGem says, funky sliding handles.

    But I'm not so sure, funkiness' to one side, the handles, to me at least have a purpose, apart from the obvious, I get funkiness/quirkiness but they seem OTT but then again, that's fashion/design.

    Gusseted at the bottom so designed to carry a little more then a underarm bag/case, maybe that's it, duel purpose.

    Unusual tho', I'd like to find one for collection.

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