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1940s Venetian Black Velvet and Leather Bag


A very fine black Soprarizzo velvet and brass hardware bag circa late 1940s to early 1950s. With exquisite craftsmanship and materials, it was almost certainly made in Venice and is possibly a very early example by Roberto di Camerino or Cesare Puccini; the bag is without a maker's mark. It is debossed with an intricate pattern that recalls the stained glass windows of grand churches. It features a large flap pocket on the outside, which closes with an intricate brass and black leather pull clasp. The black top handle is crafted from strands of black velvet, held together with a wider velvet band with thick black braided stitches. Detailed with intricate brass hardware, it locks at the top and the unusual arrow-shaped key is tied to the handle. Lined with burgundy leather, it has a zip pocket and slip pocket inside. In very good vintage condition overall, minor wear to some of the edges and corners of the front flap pocket noted; very small hole to interior leather on flap, some light surface scratches to interior burgundy leather.


Width 3 in. (8 cm)

Height 6 in. (15 cm)

Length 8.5 in. (22 cm)

Depth 5.5 in. (14 cm)

Pickup available at CIRCA VINTAGE

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Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

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