Antique handbags and tooled leather goods - I love them because you can actually use them and at the same time appreciate them as unique works of art.
The craving for anything early 20th century began around age 10 with a subscription to “Good Ol’ Days” magazine. Immediately I was smitten with the architecture and decor, clothing and accessories. The collecting of tooled leather handbags and small goods of that era commenced fifteen years later - their varied designs and durable hardware continues to stoke the addiction…
An all-American product, these bags and objects are generally known as “Arts & Crafts.” The first examples were exclusively handmade by quality artisans at the Roycroft Shops in Aurora, New York. By around 1920, numerous commercial makers of tooled leather started producing their own variations. This made them more accessible to the average individual.
Around the same time, American women had just won the right to vote and began working long hours outside the home. These durable leather beauties were ideal as they were capacious enough to hold a day’s worth of necessities and look fabulous.
The fact that many of items remain in good, usable condition all these years later is a testament to American craftsmanship. It’s truly a marvel - especially considering that these items were made to be used on a daily basis - not just special occasions.
Edwardia offers exceptional antique leather bags and small goods ca. 1900-1930.
Each is unique in its beauty and every one has a story to tell.