Ingenious, those Victorians!
Here's one for the almost-beyond-belief department: a 19th century English carry-all of black cord and ebonized bentwood that's practically a piece of HAND LUGGAGE - yet weighs almost nothing and even folds small enough to fit in nearly any modern purse (9" x 8 1/2" x 1" thick). When open, it's massive: about 13 1/2" long, 14" tall and 5 1/2" thick!
This treasure would be the star of anyone's handbag collection -- or a lucky find for those who supply high-quality stage and film props. No need to fear using the basket (with reasonable caution, of course); it's in astounding condition, showing only the slightest signs of wear.
There's no charge for insured US shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!