Exquisite Early Plastic Carved Ivory Hand Bag Latch Frame; Restoration Hardware Floral Ivorine
Just the item you’ve been looking for to restore a bag from the 1930s or 1940s to its original beauty, or even in a historical display. Made of celluloid molded to look like carved ivory in a lotus flower or thistle with foliage – the latch looks like a shell motif. The original bag may have been hand crocheted, or a beautiful brocade fabric.
It is 6” x 1 1/8” with a smooth operating latch. No warping. I would have loved to see the bag as it was originally, but someone salvaged this latch frame. It is in excellent vintage condition.
REPAIRS: While most pieces have been dropped in the process of creation and finishing; and, I often wear them for a few hours/days to ensure sound construction. These are NOT tough and durable like fine jewelry - they are wearable art (you wouldn’t take a shower with a painting!), so as such, your satisfaction will somewhat depend on your durability expectations (see Welcome section.)
CUSTOM PIECES: if you have an object that you’d like incorporated into a wearable art piece, we can schedule an appointment to confer on details.
Pricing Considerations: quality and quantity of the components and complexity of construction as well as creative time.
Returns & exchanges
While I take care to pack well, if it arrives broken, return it to me and I will repair it free of charge. Beyond that, lets talk to determine the best course of action – I want a good home for these creations as well as your delight. No matter the damage - do NOT assume the worst because I can reconstruct in most cases.
SIZING: I was rather surprised to learn that the size of the wrist is not the only issue, but the SHAPE of the wrist – some are flatter, some are more oval, and some are rounder! There is a little flex to these cuffs, up to a ½” either bigger or smaller without causing damage to the design.
There is a bit of a trick to putting on a cuff: the thin-ist part of the wrist is slightly above the knobby bone of the wrist which is the best place to don or remove the cuff – sometimes it takes it takes a few extra seconds of patience, then slide it down towards the hand a bit for security and comfort.
For easiest removal, slide the cuff back above the knobby wrist bone, hold the arm close to your body, then reach to the outside of the wrist and ROLL the arm out of it.
Also, I can line the inside of the cuff with 3mm thick neoprene to adjust the diameter further. Or at the extreme, I can do reconstructive adjustments (see repair policy.)