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Lucite Handbags3 of 24Rialto Lucite PurseGorgeous 1950s Find
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    Posted 4 years ago

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    These clear handles were meant for 1930's-50's handbags: attached to crochet cord and other fabric bags from popular DIY patterns. The smaller frame w/circle links is celluloid or earliest 1930's Lucite and it is perfect but brittle. Rarely find for that brittle reason :-) The 2 longer handles are later examples of Lucite manufactured in the 50's. DuPont perfected the formula in the 40's and it was very popular in the 50's and on and on. I am very excited to have these. :-)

    WWID? (what would I do?) For the curved I would find a floral art deco print satin or cotton fabric, or (because I have 2) fix it to an old corded handbag that has a broken handle. The longer handles need to be on graphic bark cloth or a piece of vintage velvet or.... Sorry for the rambling, I'll update the post when I figure out WTF (you know what this means) I am going to do with these. :-)

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    1. artfoot artfoot, 4 years ago
      Love the hand!
    2. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      The etched design is lovely.
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Gotta really love this. I love finding old pieces of lucite, especially when it comes from Europe !
    4. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Mary, that's a wonderful project :-D
      I'm sure you will complete the purses in the most suitable and fashionable way!
      Please update when done ;-))
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      artfoot: Thank you and meet Hannah (the creepy) hand.

      betweenthelens: Thank you - there is a little crazing on one loop which is from an old label. I carefully scraped the label residue away with a razor blade. Not a friend of vintage Lucite.

      Phil: Thank you! Wonderful kind of plastic isn't it?

      Kyra: Yes, I will post. I probably have some fabric in my stash and wouldn't have to search, ha ha! Thank you!

      Friends - thank you for loving my random collectibles: Jenni, Judy, Mike, Ivonne, fleafinder, Kevin, Ken, Aura and Scott :-)

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