Having trouble identifying my bag! 1970s handbag

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  1. rosieb

    rosieb Registered Guest

    Hello all,

    I recently acquired a handbag from a family member and have no idea of how to identify what leather/skin it is. I am a handbag lover, but unfortunately have very little knowledge on vintage items!

    The only background information I have on the bag is that it was purchased in the early 1970’s in Kenya. It is real leather and a faux suede interior (pictures attached).

    I cannot find any markings on the hardware, and am also struggling to find any similar bags online!

    Any ideas/advice would be much appreciated!

    thanks in advance :)


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  2. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    I believe that's alligator.

    Are you sure the interior is faux and not real suede?
     
  3. rosieb

    rosieb Registered Guest

    Wow amazing, thank you for your reply!

    And no I am not certain that the interior is faux suede! To be honest, the only reason I assumed it was faux suede was as it appears to be in such good condition (I am no expert on suede haha).

    I have had a closer look and the interior does seem to be sensitive to water, so it is likely to be real suede :)

    thank you for your help
     
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  4. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    Usually if the outside is real skin, the inside is real suede, unless its fabric. There will be exceptions of course.
     
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