Collectible Rare Vintage Straeterlite-on America Black Purse
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Collectible Rare Vintage Straeterlite-on America Black Purse:
This purse is an extremely unique, vintage, collectable handbag that was imported from Holland with a 3-way illumination feature at the January 1954 Handbags & Accessories Show in New York. The built-in lighting fixture was quite the feature as it illuminated the face for make-up, inner contents and externally through the decorative opening. The lights work great and I believe the bulbs are original. The bulbs light from two "C" size batteries. To turn the lights on slide the latch on top of the purse left or right. To change the batteries-pull the top latch up and release the metal mechanism inside the purse. From literature I have read -- the metal inside is stated as 24 carat gold finish that is etched, but I'm not a metal expert and it could possibly be another metal. The purse contains great detail as there is a secret compartment behind the spring loaded mirror. To the left and right of the mirror is a place for a lipstick tube that was held in place by the magnet. Lipstick tubes NOT INCLUDED. The exterior of the purse is black leather with a natural camel color inside. The tag on the inside of the purse reads: STRAETER "Lite-On" MADE IN THE NETHERLANDS