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Lucite Box Purse in Gold Irridescent Swirl

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All Items: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Accessories: Pre 1960: item # 945329

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Lucite Box Purse in Gold Irridescent Swirl
Fine quality, fabulous design and excellent condition....It's been said that the popularity of Lucite purses skyrocketed with the release of the film noir, "Niagara" back in 1953. The film's star Marilyn Monroe, carries a clear lucite purse throughout the picture. This purse was probably made by Charles Kahn of Miami, it's his style of handle and clasp and his bags came with a removable acetate label inside which were often lost through the years. This 1950s box purse has wonderful twisted handles that draw together over the top of the bag. To open, the handles are retired to the sides and the lid is unclasped. The lid is a thick plate of clear lucite deeply cut in a diamond pattern. Sturdy hinge operates smoothly. Pristine! No scratches, cracks, discolor or scent of any kinds. 4 feet protect the bottom. Silvertone hardware has no oxidizing or pitting, it's gleaming. Measures 10 1/2" wide by 5" deep and 3 1/2" tall plus about 6" handle drop when they are together in the middle at closed position. Lucite was invented by the DuPont Company in the early 1930s right here in America. Tips on collecting: Make sure your lucite is clear and never cloudy. Check along seams and hinges for hairline cracks that may not be immediately evident. Check for scent on the inside of the purse. Improper storage can cause a strong scent thats impossible to remedy. Always clean your lucite with only professional plastic polish, such as Novus available at car part shops or online. Always store your bag in an old pillow case or other soft material in a cool dark place. As with your exotic hide bags, heat and uv rays are the enemy and may cause warping, cracking and discoloration.

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