SOLD. 2 Vintage (1940s era) Alligator Leather Purses

Posted by Linda Snyder, Proprietor.

This was such a weird auction purchase for me. I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly 45 years, and close to vegan for the past few years. So the idea of buying two 80 year old alligator bags complete with their little heads and feet, should have been a “No Way!”. After all, I won’t touch fur with the proverbial 10-foot pole.

But I looked at those little faces and something about them seemed so touching – almost sweet, even! (Yeah, I know. You’re definitely getting strange in your old age, Linda!)

So I bid, and I won them. And here they are. Two vintage/antique alligator skin taxidermied purses, from the 1940s. I even found a few S&H Green Stamps in one of the bags! (If that doesn’t date it, nothing will!)

The larger one is stamped “Genuine Alligator. Made in Florida USA” inside. The stamp on the smaller one is somewhat worn off; all I can read is “Genuine —, Made in Cuba”.

The larger purse has a small zippered pocket inside. The smaller one has a small zippered pocket and an exterior flap that hides another pocket / compartment.

Condition:   Both purses are in excellent condition, although the straps on the smaller one are a bit worn with some cracking.  However, compared to others found on-line, these are in superior shape!  The small bag also has a blemish of some kind on the top left, but it almost appears original with the bag.

Dimensions:  The large bag is 12″ wide by 9″ high by 4″ deep (across the bottom).  The small bag is 10″ wide by 7″ high by 3 1/2″ deep.

FIRM Prices:  The large bag is $115.00; the small one is $85.00, plus 5.5% Maine State Sales Tax.  Buy both for $160.00.  Please promise to love and respect them!

Unless we’re having a sale, which would be listed here, our prices are firm.  

Location: This item can be found at Cabot Mill Antiques, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick ME 04011.  Their number is 207-725-2855.  Our display case number is 27.

First Come, First Served Policy: Neither Cabot Mill Antiques nor Heritage Collectibles can be responsible for holding merchandise without payment. If you are certain you want this item, please call Cabot Mill Antiques directly to pay; only then can they hold the item for you. Their phone number is 207-725-2855. Let them know our booth number is 27.

Shipping & Delivery:  Free local pickup at Cabot Mill Antiques. Pick up at our Lewiston office or delivery to your location may be possible for a minimum $10.00 fee.  Please contact Linda at 207-740-2247 for info.  Shipping is available for a $28.00 shipping & handling fee.  

Buying Details:  Cabot Mill Antiques accepts credit cards and cash as payment.


Special Orders. If there’s something you’re looking for – whether it’s antique, vintage or contemporary; furniture, art, spiritual (ancients, indigenous, other), tools, collectibles, funky, or what-have-you— we’re happy to search out such items.  Presuming they’re available in your price range, condition and so forth, we can obtain the item and if you purchase it immediately, we’ll take 25% off what would otherwise be our retail price.  We won’t bid on something without checking with you first, unless we’re positive we can sell it anyway! Give Linda a call at 207-740-2247.

All sales after expenses help support The Grief Warrior Project.

More Photos:  See below!

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