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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1947-1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fassbender (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lizard-skin, gilt-metal, lined with silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rationing and material restrictions did not cease in the aftermath of the Second World War. Dating from the first years after the war, this bag, made from top-quality lizard skin and lined in silk, would have been viewed as a luxury. It is characteristic of the smart, neat and stylish, but restrained, designs of the immediate post-war period. Styles for handbags at this time were either large and structured, or like this bag, smaller, and casual, to hang at the wrist.

Physical description

Square handbag made of green lizard-skin with a gilt metal clasp and bag frame, and lined in cream silk. The single handle is attached to the top with two square gilt loops. With two pockets and a lip-stick pocket.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1947-1948 (made)


Fassbender (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lizard-skin, gilt-metal, lined with silk

Marks and inscriptions

'FASSBENDER MADE IN ENGLAND' [round a gilt circle in which is a capital F]
Stamped in gilt on the inside


Width: 7 in, Length: 6.5 in

Object history note

This handbag was displayed with a similar Fassbender handbag (T.43&A-1989) in The Cutting Edge exhibition.

Descriptive line

Square handbag made of lizard-skin and gilt metal, made by Fassbender, Great Britain, 1947-1948

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

de la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. V&A Publications, London, England, 1997, pp. 153 and 155.

Labels and date

Made from top-quality skin and lined in silk, these handbags were highly priced. They are characteristic of the smart, neat and stylish, but restrained, designs of the period. [1997]


Lizard leather; Metal; Silk (textile)


Fashion; Accessories; Women's clothes; Leather; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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