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During the first half of the twentieth century, handbags really were just that, a bag you held in your hand. Not designed to carry a great deal, perhaps just a lipstick and a powder compact, they were for fashion rather than function. This 1930s rare cream alligator skin bag fastens with a flap and a small carved ivory figurine keeping it secure.