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Chanel Pearl Full Flap Clutch Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light indentation underneath flap, small mark and glue stain in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 6.5", Width 12"...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Pearl Link Goldtone Strap
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Note the strap was removed from another bag called Chanel By The Sea. Lobster clasp closure was added to be clipped on a bag. COLOR/MATERIAL: Gold metal and faux pearl white MEASURE...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Chanel Aged Calfskin Quilted Cotton Club Tote Pearl
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This stunning tote is beautifully crafted of diamond quilted leather. The tote features tall leather threaded silver chain link shoulder straps, a diagonal side zipper pocket, a Chan...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Vintage CHANEL Clutch Bag in Black Lambskin Leather and Pearl
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
70's! Vintage CHANEL clutch bag in black lambskin leather. The jewelry is in gild metal with a clasp closure set with a half pearl. On the side a tassel of 12 rows of pearls and rhin...
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1970s Clutches

CHANEL Black Silver Plexiglass Robot Crystal Glitter Pearl Shoulder Clutch Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Condition From 2017 Collection Plexiglass Strass Crystal Faux Pearl Silver Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 6.75" W x 4.5" H x 1.5" D Shoulder Strap Drop 20" Includes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

CHANEL NEW Faux Pearl Black Goatskin Leather Gold Clutch Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
New Condition From 2019 Collection Goatskin Leather Faux Pearl Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 7.5" W x 5" H x 1.75" D Shoulder Strap Drop 24" Includes Authenticity Card, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Minaudière Rare Micro Mini Paris London Pearl Crown Tiny Purple Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Ultra Rare Micro Mini Paris London Runway 2008 Pearl Crown Minaudière 2008 {VINTAGE 14 Years} Purple quilted lambskin leather Gold-tone hardware Pearl Crown Paris London e...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Timeless Rare Pearl Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag Tote & Minaudière Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Rare Chanel Timeless Rare Pearl Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag Tote & Minaudière Clutch 2008 {VINTAGE 14 Years} Lambskin diamond stitch Pearl and chains multi straps Grey pinstripe fab...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Limited Edition Large CC Pearl Lambskin Tote Iridescent Blue Pearls
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Large Chanel lambskin leather tote with iridescent blue pearl detail 2008 {Vintage 14 Years} Silver hardware Removable interwoven chains Large CC pearl logo Flat bottom Five bottom ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Flap Card Holder with Pearl Chain Black
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 3.5 x 4.7 x 1.6 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Chanel Mini Drawstring Pearl Studded Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Small Vanity Bag Pearl Crush White
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 6.5 x 3.75 x 3.5 in; Drop: 23 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Round Clutch with Pearl Chain White
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 4.75 x 4.75 x 2.25 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Mini Boy in Black Leather, Gold Lace and Black Pearls
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
SUPERB CHANEL mini BOY bag in black leather. It is covered with golden lace and black pearls. The deck hardware (including the 'BOY' clasp) is made of ruthenium-colored metal. The s...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Quilted Metallic Accordion Flap Pearl 224475 Gold Leather Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 7506512 Made In: France Measurements: Length: 8.75" Width: 4" Height: 7.75" Shoulder strap drop: 9" & 15" OVERALL GOOD CONDITION ( 7/10 or B ) Includ...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

Chanel Mini Rectangular Flap Bag Pearl Crush Bordeaux
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 7.5 x 4.75 x 2.5 in; Drop: 16.75 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Quilted Perfect Fit Card Holder Pearl Crush Chain Beige
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 5 x 1.25 x 3.25 in; Drop: 1 in; Drop: 22.25 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Chanel Pearl Strap Wallet on Chain Quilted Glazed Crackled Leather
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Stain on front, moderate marks, stains and indentations in interior, heavy scuffs and stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

Chanel Small Vanity Bag with Pearl Crush Chain Light Grey
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 6.5 x 3.75 x 3.5; Drop: 23 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mini Rectangular Flap Bag With Pearl Crush Chain White
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Mini Rectangular Flap Bag With Pearl Crush Chain White Condition: Brand New Dimension: 4.7 x 7.8 x 2.3 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mini Drawstring Bag Calfskin Pearl with Gold Metal White
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 4.7 × 4.7 × 4.7 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pearl Crush Flap Bag Quilted Velvet with Crystal Detail Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light odor in interior. Slight loss of shape on sides, minor wear and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mini Square Flap Pearl Crush Bag With Chain Light Purple
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 6.5 x 5 x 2.75 in; Drop: 21.25 Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pearl Crush Wallet on Chain Quilted Velvet with Crystal Detail
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on exterior, balding on flap and exterior edges. Indentations underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin Leather Pearl Micro Bucket Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Calfskin Leather Pearl Micro Bucket Bag Xupes Reference: HB4149 Serial Number: 31189067 Age (Circa): 2021 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Aut...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Chain Rare Vintage 90's Freshwater Pearl Black White Tweed Lambskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This LIMITED EDITION Mixed Icons bag was a sample and only made in very small quantities. This bag is made from a combination of tweed and lambskin leather with a patent leather bott...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Silver Lambskin Pearl My Shoulder Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Silver Lambskin Quilted Pearl My Shoulder Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Made In: Italy Year of Production: 2018 Color: Dark silver with grey faux pearls Hardware: Gunmetal Ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap CC Obsession Rare Black with Dark Blue Pearls Lambskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Year: 2008 {VINTAGE 14 Years} Silver hardware Classic interwoven chain Classic center zippered pocket Flap lined with pearls Grey satin interior lining Strap Drop: Single 16" Double ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rare Vintage Iridescent Champagne Pearl Mini Belt Bum Bag Fanny Pack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Vintage Iridescent Pearl Lambskin Quilted Mini Belt Waist Bum Bag Fanny Pack 1991 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Gold hardware CC Turnlock closure Foldover flap 6.1" W x 4.7" H x 1....
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1990s Belt Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Bucket Drawstring Pearl Small Shoulder Bag SS 2021
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
From the Spring/Summer 2021 collection. This limited Edition Chanel bag is made with lambskin leather with diamond quilting in black. The bag features pearl embellishments, a chain i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

CHANEL NEW CC Lambskin Leather Faux Pearl Gold Trio Wristlet Multi Pouches Bags
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
New Condition From 2021 Collection Lambskin Leather Faux Pearl Length: 4 in Height: 15.5 in Include Authenticity Card, Dust Bag and Box 100% Authenticity Guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Pouches and Wristlets

Chanel Black Plexiglass Pearl Embellished 2014 Cc Logo Lego Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This rare and gorgeous style features faux pearl detail on front and back, large black CC logo with CC center, and faux pearl shoulder/crossbody strap which can be tucked inside and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Spring 2011 Black Lambskin Quilted Lion Relief & 'CC' Pearl "Leo" Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel "Leo" clutch featuring a supple lambskin construction, iconic quilting, a lion relief detail at front with a 'CC' printed pearl accent, and a hidden snap closure at ...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Timeless Limited Edition Pearl Tote 218990 Nylon Canvas Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Forest Hills, NY
This item will ship immediately!! Previously owned. Date/style Code: 9568677 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 9.84" Width: 3.93" Height: 12.99" Shoulder strap drop: 7.5" 2 = GOOD...
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20th Century Tote Bags

Chanel Classic Flap East West Pearlized 226022 Iridescent Beige Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 6632250 Made In: France Measurements: Length: 10" Width: 1.5" Height: 4.5" Shoulder strap drop: 11" OVERALL GOOD CONDITION ( 7/10 or B ) Includes Chanel Dust...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel East West Chocolate Bar Flap 224341 Metallic Pearl Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 6632509 Made In: France Measurements: Length: 10" Width: 1.5" Height: 4.5" Shoulder strap drop: 11.5" OVERALL VERY GOOD VINTAGE CONDITION ( 7.5/10 or B+ ) In...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Double Flap Pearl Quilting Lambskin Leather Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kowloon, HK
Color: Pearl Material: Lambskin Leather Condition: Rank B Overall: Fair. Few defects Surface: Minor Scratches Corners: Obvious Scratches Edges: Minor Scratches Handles/Straps: Mi...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Tweed and Pearl 2cr0103 Metallic Silver Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 19855629 Measurements: 10" L x 2.5" W x 5.5" H Interior Pockets: One zip pocket Handles: Thick chain link strap with leather comfort pad Handle Drop: 20" adj...
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20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Boy Tweed and Pearl 2cr0103 Metallic Silver Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 19855629 Measurements: 10" L x 2.5" W x 5.5" H Interior Pockets: One zip pocket Handles: Thick chain link strap with leather comfort pad Handle Drop: 20" adj...
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20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Vintage CHANEL red orange silk 2.55 chain shoulder bag with faux pearls
By Chanel
Located in Kashiwa, Chiba
Vintage CHANEL red orange silk and gold leather 2.55 purse with round quilting stitches, golden chain strap, and faux pearl CC motif. This is one of the rarest vintage pieces from...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Boucle / Kid Leather Handbag with Camellia and CC Pearls
By Chanel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Up for grabs is this collectible and very rare Chanel handbag made of mixed media fabrics and all the classic trimmings. A black wool boucle body, black patent leather gussets, black...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Satin and Pearl Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Satin and pearl handle bag with leather trim. The handle is unique with rows of costume pearls. Vintage and highly collectible piece. Has some wear on top of satin due to age....
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Vintage Lego Brick Pearl Clutch
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Black Brick pearl clutch featuring a front embossed logo stamp, a magnetic fastening, an interior zipped compartment and a pearl shoulder strap. Colour: Black and White Materia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

  • Chanel Vintage Lego Brick Pearl Clutch
  • Chanel Vintage Lego Brick Pearl Clutch
  • Chanel Vintage Lego Brick Pearl Clutch
  • Chanel Vintage Lego Brick Pearl Clutch
H 4.53 in. W 7.88 in. D 1.97 in.
Chanel Pearl Chain Clutch Quilted Caviar
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Pearl Chain Clutch Quilted Caviar, crafted from gold leather, features chain link strap and gold tone hardware. Its closure opens to a gold satin interior. Hologram stick...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Westminster Classic Flap Bag W Pearl
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel black quilted leather bag Age: 2011 Made in Italy Materials: lambskin Features faux pearl CC on front 5 strand strap made of chains, leather and faux pearls Stamped: C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Handbags and Purses

Chanel Perfume Bottle Minaudiere Pearl Embellished Plexiglass
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Perfume Bottle Minaudiere Pearl Embellished Plexiglass, crafted from black and gold plexiglass, features pearl embellishments, woven-in leather chain strap, Chanel Paris ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Perfume Bottle Minaudiere Pearl Embellished Plexiglass
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Perfume Bottle Minaudiere Pearl Embellished Plexiglass, crafted from black and gold plexiglass, features pearl embellishments, woven-in leather chain strap, Chanel Paris ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Westminster II Pearl Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
Charming and very rare Chanel Single Flap bag set in black/ white/ grey tweed with gun metal hardware and black pearls chain. The CC logo is embellished with white pearls Year: Spri...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Evening Bag With Pearls
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel evening bag in black quilted lambskin with pearl details. Pearl chain shoulder drop 15".Front 3 strands of pearls. Collection 2002/2003.Comes with hologram and original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Evening Bag With Pearls
  • Chanel Black Evening Bag With Pearls
  • Chanel Black Evening Bag With Pearls
  • Chanel Black Evening Bag With Pearls
H 5.5 in. W 2.5 in. L 10.5 in.
CHANEL bag Medium flap 'Clams Pocket' snakeskin pearlized pink NEW
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Rare to find "clams pocket" snakeskin in beautiful subtle pearlized pink. Extremely soft with double chain handle and silver hardware. Silver CC turnkey. Rear exterior slot pocke...
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21st Century and Contemporary Handbags and Purses

Chanel Chic Pearls Clutch with Chain Quilted Goatskin
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing and small indentation underneath flap, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 4.5", Wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Pearl Clasp Frame Clutch Quilted Lambskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Pearl Clasp Frame Clutch Quilted Lambskin Large is an impeccable piece for day to night. Crafted in black diamond quilted leather with white leather, this clutc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Vintage Pearl Chain Flap Clutch Crocodile Long
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Vintage Pearl Chain Flap Clutch Crocodile Long, crafted in genuine sleek black crocodile leather, features a large gold-tone center ring with an engraved Chanel logo, gol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

2014 Chanel Black Pearlized Plexiglass Lego Boy Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Pearlized Plexiglass Lego Boy Clutch This CHANEL Lego Boy Clutch is in Very Good Pre-Owned Condition accompanied by Chanel Dust Bag. Circa 2014. Primarily made from...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Wallet on Chain Pearl Embellished Velvet
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear and balding on exterior edges, minor wear on strap, creasing, scuffs and heavy indentations underneath flap. Wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Perfume Bottle Minaudiere Pearl Embellished Plexiglass
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Perfume Bottle Minaudiere Pearl Embellished Plexiglass, crafted from black plexiglass, features pearl embellishments, a woven-in leather chain strap, Chanel Paris logo at...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Small Pearl White Calfskin Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Authentic CHANEL Small Quilted Boy Bag Iridescent Pearly White Calfskin with Palladium Hardware. Condition: very good. Original packaging is not included. Color may be slightly...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pearl Obsession Accordion Tote Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Pearl Obsession Accordion Tote Lambskin Medium is a luxurious bag that works day or night. Crafted from black lambskin leather, this chic bag features woven-in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pearl Obsession Accordion Tote Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Pearl Obsession Accordion Tote Lambskin Small, crafted from black lambskin leather, features woven-in leather chain link straps, CC logo and faux pearl trim details, prot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Westminster Pearl Chain Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Westminster Pearl Chain Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium exudes a classic yet easy style made for the modern woman. Crafted from black lambskin leather, this el...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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Chanel Pearl Handbag For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary chanel pearl handbag you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. If you’re looking for an option in Black and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Beige, Brown and more. If you’re looking for a chanel pearl handbag from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Chanel Pearl Handbag?

On average, a chanel pearl handbag on 1stDibs sells for $4,175, while they’re typically $405 on the low end and $24,920 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

The first Chanel shop was opened in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.

Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.

However, Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed. 

Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. Chanel's collarless jacket reacted against the constricting styles of Christian Dior's New Look, replacing them with a design that was timeless, an instant classic. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.

After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.

Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.