A Tactile Edwardian Period Crocodile Skin & Silk Lined Clutch Bag


Origin: English
Period: Edwardian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1910
Height: 6 inches
Depth: 1.25 inches
Width: 8 inches

The brass framed moiré silk interior with inbuilt purse and seven pockets, one encapsulating a bevel edge mirror. The exterior now bears a wonderfully rich patina, making it soft and buttery to the touch. The clutch handle is in fine condition and there is also an exterior pocket to the reverse. This clutch holds more than the average example and therefore serves both style and functionality.

There are no serious condition issues, only minor wear to the piping, and thus the bag is in good condition, consummate with its age.

A century ago the use of crocodile skin was omnipresent in the use of luxury and vintage luggage, suggesting exoticism. Species usable leather included the Common Crocodile, the Nile Crocodile, the Indian and Marsh Crocodile, and also some species of alligator. The clutch purse has been popular ever since the early 19th century, swinging in and out of fashion and experiencing a resurgence in popularity during World War II. In modern times the clutch purse has remained popular, mostly as an evening bag.

This lovely clutch would have belonged to a rather well-heeled Edwardian lady where luxurious luggage and accessories were simply essential for those who moved in high circles.