990453: Silver metal shoulder bag, adorned on the front with a magnificent copper butterfly. Oval chain links form the 35" chain handle. Hinged latch fits over a peg to close. Fully lined in black velvet. Marked only "Hecho en Mexico" with no metal content indicated. Some scratching on the lower back corner, probably from rubbing against the body. Otherwise excellent condition. Measures 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2". SOLD for $125
980337 - Black embossed, leather bag - from Mexico. Rose pattern on one side, and Aztec Calendar and cacti on other. Substantial size, with very large metal zippered center section, surrounded by two compartments each side. Each with metal, zippered side pocket. Some wear to bottom corners - Otherwise excellent condition. 14" x 10" x 4 1/2". SOLD for $65
C00176: Great accordion style black leather bag by Aries Mexico with a wonderful silver Hoop Art Deco clasp and silver frame. The gusset areas are free from the frame, allowing the bag to open wide. The tan suede interior features one open and one metal zip pocket. The lining shows some pen marks and one stain on an inner gusset surface. There is some wear, but it's a lovely, ample sized, sturdy bag with real flair. Measures 11 3/4 x 1 x 9 1/4" with a double layer 14" handle. Sold for $85
FLORES BAGS: MEXICO A00338 : Flores tooled leather handbag in the unusual buff and beige color. The double leather handles are attached front and back with an unusual stirrup feature. Front and back surfaces both have a large exterior pocket. The interior is fully lined in beautiful apricot color leather. A large metal zip pocket divides the interior in half . There are two more pockets, one metal zip and one open. The only defects are water discoloration of the back left corner (see detail) and a few small brown spots. Four rounded metal feet protect the bottom of the bag. Measures 11 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 7 inches. SOLD for $90
GAITAN: MEXICO Gaitan
A00487: Tooled Leather Bucket style handbag by Gaitan and Made in Mexico. The stylized design appears front and back. The interior is fully lined in leather-like vinyl and is divided into 3 sections. The largest inner section closes with a full length metal zipper. The center section is flanked front and back by large open pockets, handy for those frequently accessed items. Perches on 4 star shaped metal feet. Slight wear to the bottom surface of the bag, otherwise excellent condition. Measures 11 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 9". SOLD for $75
The January 1954 issue of Handbags & Accessories provides some insights into how these bags were marketed inside the US. Wholesalers like J.F. Bard would import numbers of bags and sell to retailers for $60/dozen.