Lots 162, 163 and 164
Plastics evolved during the decades which preceded the 1950s. After celluloid was discovered in 1872 it was used as an imitation material for ivory and tortoiseshell. Then came Bakelite which pervaded the market with coloured plastic and became a force in American culture. The 1950s was the dawn of the plastic handbag, the emerging middle-class who previously couldn’t afford the tortoiseshell and ivory variants could now afford the popular Lucite handbags. The bags were rather eccentric but very well made and epitomised America in the 1950s. The bags were also unique in that they appealed to all age groups, from the teenagers to the high society ladies.
The major manufacturers included Myles Originals, Gilli Originals and Patricia of Miami Handbags, and examples of each are coming up for sale on Stephan Welz & Company Pty Ltd’s April auction, to be held on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at 10:30 am:
A 'Gilli Originals' white and marbleized lucite handbag, New York, 1950s, with an auction estimate of R 1,500 - 2,500
A 'Patricia of Miami' green marble lucite handbag, 1950s, with an auction estimate of R 1,500 - 2,500
A 'Myles Originals' black and grey marbleized lucite handbag, 1950s, with an auction estimate of R 1,500 - 2,500
For further information on these collectable lots please contact Tamsin Mackay 011 880 3125 or e-mail: email@example.com