For sale is a lovely vintage Lucite bag made by Rialto of New York. The box portion of the bag measures 3 13/16" tall to the top of the lid and approximately 9 1/4" tall overall height with handles included. The purse measures 7 1/8" long on the exterior of the lid. The exterior depth of the purse measures 4 7/16" deep at the widest point.
The purse is constructed of a pearl gray body that has lovely swirls allover that create a very stylish look. The lid is clear and has two carved stylized flowers that resemble Black Eyed Susan's on the interior that show off a very experienced carvers talents. There is a smaller vine of leaves that was carved and then frosted on the interior only in order to make the hinge mechanism disappear through the clear lid when it is closed. There are two silver toned balls on the interior of the lid which secures it closed. There are two gracefully curved handles to hold the bag in comfort and there are four clear feet applied on the bottom to keep from scratching the bottom.
The purse is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks in the Lucite and the hinge, snap closures and pins for the handles are all very secure and show that this was a cared for accessory by some lucky lady back in the day. The brass hinge has a signature that reads "ORIGINAL Rialto N.Y." Rialto of New York was one of the leading designer and manufacturers of Lucite purses back in the 1950's and this little gem is quite the fashion statement. It would make a perfect handbag for a special occasion or even just a stylish accessory for casual wear.
The purse was made circa 1951-1960.