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I finally got fed up with not having my reference material at hand when I see something I haven't identified before. So, starting with an alphabetical list, I will be compiling a quick check ID listing with all the marked bags and their known hardware and diagnostic designs. That way I will always know where to find the information and all of you can use it too! Let me know if it is helpful and email with additions, corrections and ideas. This will include makers who used Lucite and other plastics. Click the maker link to see bag examples and whatever history that is know about the company.

Andre' of Cincinnati AndreHandbagsInc

See details of bags at ArnoldBags
Arnold bags were often marked with an acetate label and are sometimes found without their label. Fortunately their hardware is quite distinctive.

This unusual metal cylinder latch adorns a white lucite box bag with starlight trim. It is marked with incised lettering on the interior latch.

In a unique take on the clutch, Arnold used this flexible metal latch as a closure for their woven acetate bags.

A log cabin style white Lucite Arnold bag latches with a pair on interior metal fittings. The screw heads in the lid are hidden by half round Lucite dots, a techniques used by other makers like Llewellyn, Wilardy and Rialto. Not the reverse bent long handle pins, curved back into the bag's body. This technique is also seen in early Llewellyn bags.

Ascot Ascot

Atlas (Hong Kong) AtlasOfHollywoodFla

Bag by Bishop

Bag by Benne

Bailey Bag

Barbara Bolan


Cache' Spherical Acetate

Charles Foster & Co.: specialized in embedded plastic CharlesFosterCo
Handles hardware is simple rivets through body or lid, but with decorative metal heads on the rivets. Latch AND the latch hinged mounting are the same embedded Lucite material. The latch clips over a metal peg to fasten.

Charles S. Kahn: upturned 3-ball latch CharlesSKahnInc

Coblentz CoblentzBagCo

Delill DelillCreationsCo

Dorset-Rex & Dorset DorsetProducts

Dover DoverHandbagCoInc

Elsa To see patents and details, click here ElsaManufacturingCo
Scallop body acetate bag Design patent #168,376 Abe Rothman 1952. Design used a Presto Latch PrestoLockCompany and molded acetate handles with no metal fittings, just a molded stub that was inserted through the body and pressed flat on the ends.

Acetate 2-tier bag patent D-163,037, issued to Willima H. Hardy April 24, 1951. Acetate molded handle supports, "S" curve swivel hardware and wolded acetate latch attachment.

Evans Case Co. EvansCaseCo

Feiner Bags Did they maker Roban or was it a separate company? They made the Roban line. Add makers mark here

Florida Handbags: Upturned 3-ball latch FloridaHandbags

France France

Fre-Mor Fre-MorMfgCorp

Gilli GilliOriginals

Goldcrest GoldcrestFashionsInc


Gus & Arthur Goldberg pg 39 H&A Aug 1956GusArthurGoldberg


Harry Litwin: Coffin Bags, Lucite Block Latch HarryLitwin

Herb Venzer HerbVenzerVenzerCarryals

Hong Kong

Ilene IleneBags

Italy Italy

Jana (horseshoe latch) JanaHandbagInc
Jana produced a few lucite bags, probably made in Italy in the early 60s under their label.

Janet David

Jerry Originals

Jerry McMillan, Darien Conn.

Jerry of Miami

JoJan Jo-JanCreations

Joyce Frances

Judith Leiber

Koret KoretInc

Lady London

LeJule Hong Kong

Leslie of Miami LeslieOfMiami

Assemblage with wood, fabris & lucite with rotating clear cylinder lucite latch.

Lewis LewisPursesInc

Lily-Bet Lily-Bet
Label indicates the bags were imported and the presence of the "U" shaped handle mount with the single rivet might point to Hong Kong as the source of production of the majority of archived examples availalbe.

Lin-Bren LinBrenProductsCorp

Lindy Acetate Beehive "The Lindy Bag Skokie Ill Made in USA"


Llewellyn LlewellynInc

Maddox France

Magid: Italy & Hong Kong
For examples click AIMagidCoInc
Magid was late to Lucite bags and imported their marked bags from Italy and Hong Kong manufacturers.

White Lucite box bag ca. 1965 Magid, Hong Kong. Note similarity to Atlas Hong Kong Hinges and handle hardware. While this handle hardware appears to be crafted of Lucite, not metal, this "U" shaped hardware, mounted with a single rivet may be diagnostic of Hong Kong manufacture.

Majestic MajesticMetalSpecialties

Marie M. Deutz MarieMDeutz

Max Rubin

Maxim Maxim

Merle Norman

Meyers MeyersManufacturingCo

Midas of Miami MidasOfMiami

Moonglow Miami (Painted Acetate)

Moonglow N.Y. (Acetate)

MW Handbags (Acetate & Metal)

Myles: Downturn 3-ball latch MylesOriginals
Swivel-It Style #1152 Patented to Abe Aberman December 1, 1953 Swivel-It Patent

Myles applied their mirrors by blocking them onto the lid with rectangles of clear lucite. Downturnes 3-ball latch and brass peg handle hardware.

Myles 3-D Piggyback Vanity Bag

Nelson Originals

NSB Japan

Pamart (Acetate & Metal) Pamart

Patricia of Miami: downturn 3-ball latch PatriciaOfMiami

Pedros St. Paul

PermaPlaque California PermaPlaque
Illustrated on page 207 of Berkson's "Carry Me" and unidentified, all known examples have the clear lucite knot handle mounted on brass peg-style hinge hardware. All have clear spherical feet embedded lid designs and clear lucite latch tri. Mechanism is unknown.

Plastic Jewel

Pierre Cardin

Ranhill RanhillCorporation

Rialto RialtoProducts

Ritter RitterRitterInc

Riviera RivieraBagInc

Ronay RonayHandbags

Rosenfeld RosenfeldHarryRosenfeld


Silver Bags

Simplex pg 146 "Handbags" by Ettinger

Siran Originals


Spain Spain

Stylecraft Miami StylecraftMiami

Suki Originals Miami SukiOfMiami

Tano Madrid

Tedro Fifth Avenue

Temple PA

Theresa Bag Co.


Tyrolean TyroleanHandbags


Walborg WalborgCorporation

Weisner WeisnerOfMiamiInc

Whiting & Davis International WhitingDavisCo

Wilardy Wilardy

Ziegfield Creations


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