Another of my favorite things is vintage hand-tooled leather (in purses and belts, etc.). I have a ton of these, too. This one is a special example because of its unusual design. It’s a lovely piece.
The motif here is trillium flowers. They grow in the northern U.S., parts of Europe (I think – is that right?) and are a symbol in Canada. They are a beautiful white flower that blooms in the forest.
This purse came from Canada and, I’m sure, was made there. It doesn’t even seem to have been used. Is it true vintage? That I can’t tell you for sure. Some people are still quite skilled at doing this leather craft as a hobby today.
Most commonly, at least here in the U.S., we see true vintage handbags like this one with traditional motifs that were popular on Western-wear – even saddles and such. Many are floral, but not like this.
Some tooled leather purses from Mexico made more recently (1970’s +) have ethnic symbols such as Mexican scenes and the Mayan calendar.
This is just a beautiful example of the craftsmanship in these items, though my favorites are the older ones with motifs from the Western U.S.A. Lovely examples of tooled leather have been made in many cultures and they are always special to find. I’ll show more great examples later . . . . . . . . . . . .
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