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Chanel Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Leather Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag Lizard Gold tone hardware Leather lining Zipper closure Made in Italy Date code present 1317318 Shoulde...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Hermès Vintage Pola Purse Clutch Evening Bag 2 ways Black Ostrich Golden Hdw
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Rare and Beautiful Authentic Hermès Purse "Pola" Made in France No stamp but vintage Made of Ostrich Leather and Golden Hardware Ostrich is it a resistant leather, and less sub...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Leather Ostrich Cognac Shoulder Bag
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Rare vintage ostrich leather shoulder bag. This bag is made of cognac color ostrich leather with gold hardware and a front closure. The lining is leather has 1 zip pocket and closes...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Vintage Fringe Quilted Jumbo Maxi Jean Blue Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Jumbo Maxi Jean Blue Denim Classic Flap 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} -Gold tone hardware -Oversized vintage CC turnlock -Denim blue quilted canvas -Classic inter...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Gianni Versace Couture Vintage Lavender Blue Leather Medusa Shoulder Bag
By Gianni Versace
Located in Nice, FR
GIANNI VERSACE vintage rare lavender blue leather shoulder bag embellished with iconic gold toned MEDUSA head and ancient Greek friezes. This bag features : - Lavender blue leather...
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20th Century Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Lambskin Vintage Shoulder Bag CC top lock
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Lambskin Shoulder Bag with CC top lock - Brand: Chanel - Model: Vintage Shoulder bag with CC top lock - Year: 1960s - Condition...
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1960s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Lambskin Vintage Shoulder Bag CC top lock
  • Chanel Lambskin Vintage Shoulder Bag CC top lock
  • Chanel Lambskin Vintage Shoulder Bag CC top lock
  • Chanel Lambskin Vintage Shoulder Bag CC top lock
H 7.09 in. W 3.75 in. L 11.03 in.
Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The accessory to invest in this season is this creation by Chanel. Fashioned using chevron-quilted suede, the brown shoulder bag has a compact size with a well-lined interior. A leat...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 6.89 in. W 1.97 in. L 7.49 in.
Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black vintage 80s shoulder bag in quilted lambskin. Hardware is discolored throughout the bag, please refer to photos for actual condition. Shoulder drop 13.5. Collection 1988...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 9.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 10 in.
Gianni Versace Couture Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag circa 1990
By Gianni Versace
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Amazing Gianni Versace vintage shoulder leather bag, made in the 1990s, perfect conditions
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
GUCCI Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: CWAHF-HB009 Serial Number: 001-3191 1705 Age (Circa): 1990 Authenticity Details: Date Stamp (Made in Italy) Gender: Ladies Ty...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • 1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • 1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • 1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • 1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 14.18 in. W 14.18 in. D 1.19 in.
Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Black Calf leather Gucci shoulder bag with silver-tone hardware, single flat adjustable shoulder strap, tonal suede lining, open top with an attached zippered pouch. Designer: Gucci...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
H 6.5 in. W 10 in. D 3.5 in.
Hermes Vintage Ostrich Leather Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in San Francisco, CA
A vintage Hermes bag in ostrich. Very rare in this material and style. The color is a tan/caramel. The bag is in good vintage condition. This is a used, vintage bag that shows sign...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Timeless Vintage Shoulder bag in Blue Cotton
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Timeless Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Discoloration on the exterior - Accessories: Dustbag, Authenticity Card - Measurements: Width: 22cm, He...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag circa 2006 black patent leather leather and chain-link shoulder strap quilted finish foldover top signature interlocking CC turn-loc...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Salvatore Ferragamo Black Lizard Embossed Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
Salvatore Ferragamo Black Lizard Embossed Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag - Made of beautiful textured leather - Lizard skin embossed effect - Gold tone branded hardware to the sides ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Brown Leather Boxed Flap Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Gucci Vintage shoulder bag. Brown leather with gold metal hardware. Flap with button closure on the front. Brown leather lining. 3 main compartments. 1 side zip pocket and 1 side ope...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Gucci Beige/Brown Canvas and Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Simple and minimal in design, Gucci's Vintage bag is a great choice for casual outings during the day. Crafted from canvas and leather, it features stitching details and a top zip fa...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Boulogne Shoulder Bag (1998)
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This shoulder bag is made with brown monogram on toile canvas with aged vachetta cowhide leather on the shoulder strap, base corners and trim. The bag features brass hardware, top zi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage 90's Mini CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 90's Mini CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag circa 1995 black leather gold-tone hardware signature stitched interlocking CC logo drawstring fastening leather and chain-link s...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Fendi Vintage Black Suede Framed Shoulder Bag Handbag
By Fendi
Located in Rome, Rome
FENDI vintage black suede framed shoulder bag. Black suede with black leather shoulder strap. Gold metal FF logos on the sides. Pleats detailing. Framed top with clasp closure. Beige...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Judith Leiber Vintage Black Alligator Shoulder Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Judith Leiber Vintage Black Alligator Shoulder Bag Clutch in excellent condition. Black alligator leather exterior trimmed with a front black and gold sliding latch closure ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Tan Beige Leather Shoulder Bag Buckle Detail
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Gucci Vintage shoulder bag. Tan leather. Buckle detailing on the top. Upper zipper closure. Beige suede lining. 1 side open pocket inside. Adjustable shoulder strap. 'Made in Italy b...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Brown Suede Enamel Closure Flap Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Gucci Vintage shoulder bag. Brown suede with brown leather. Flap with enameled clasp closure. Beige leather lining. 1 side zip pocket and 2 side open pockets inside. Adjustable shoul...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Grey Fur Sport Belt Lock Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Grey Lapin Fur Shoulder Bag Single flap, grey tech fabric lining, grey zip closure and snap buckle, silver-tone metal chain interlaced with grey tech fabric and gum label rea...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag Spacious carry-all version of the classic Chanel Reissue Flap Bag featured in the XL size, rendered in b...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Salvatore Ferragamo Vintage Gancini Chain Shoulder Bag Leather Medium
By Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Heavy wear on base corners, moderate scuffs, creasing and indentations on exterior and interior trim. Wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Acce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Black Patent Leather Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black patent leather shoulder flap bag. - Hardware: Black metal. - Measurements: Length: 28cm. Height: 17cm. Width: 8cm. Strap Drop: 51cm.
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Black Denim Maxi Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Denim Maxi Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Quilted black denim exterior trimmed with gold hardware. Front CC logo twist closure opens via single flap t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Gucci Vintage Navy Leather Striped Canvas Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
RARE Gucci Vintage Navy Leather Striped Canvas Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Navy blue leather exterior in unique flying saucer shape trimmed with signature red and navy canva...
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Hermes Black Crocodile Constance 23 GHW Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
AUTHENTIC HERMES black crocodile constance bag in excellent vintage condition. Black crocodile leather exterior trimmed with shining gold hardware. Lift latch single flap style closu...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Monogram Customized Ladybug Reporter Messenger Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gucci Vintage Monogram Customized Hand Painted Ladybug Reporter Messenger Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Gucci monogram canvas exterior trimmed with light brown leather, gold h...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Ferragamo Vintage Micro Shoulder Bag
By Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
Tiny Ferragamo Vintage Mini Shoulder Bag. Black leather mini shoulder bag from Ferragamo Vintage featuring a foldover top with flip-lock closure, a gold-tone chain shoulder strap and...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

  • Ferragamo Vintage Micro Shoulder Bag
  • Ferragamo Vintage Micro Shoulder Bag
  • Ferragamo Vintage Micro Shoulder Bag
  • Ferragamo Vintage Micro Shoulder Bag
H 3.15 in. W 4.34 in. D 1.19 in.
CHANEL Full Flap Vintage Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Vintage Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Black Pony Hair and Leather Handbag Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Beautiful Gucci handbag or shoulder bag, crafted in black pony hair and leather. Flap with magnetic button closure. Gold metal handle with removable shoulder strap. Black fabric lini...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Versace Vintage Medusa Zip Shoulder Bag Crystal Embellished Satin Small
By Versace
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Bubbling on rear, minor wear on opening corners. Stain on rear near handle base, wear in interior, Heavy scratches, cracking and tarnish on zipper pull hardware. Acc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Pocket Camera Shoulder Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, discoloration, scuffs and creasing on exterior and strap, separating and glue stains on interior side opening. Wear and scuffs in in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Vintage Classic Chain Shoulder Bag Black Flap Quilted Lamb
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Vintage Classic Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Flap Lamb. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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15th Century and Earlier Structured Shoulder Bags

1986 Chanel Black Patent Leather Vintage Round Fringe Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Patent Leather Vintage Round Fringe Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: HB3401 Serial Number: 0406230 Age (Circa): 1986 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Aut...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Fendi Roma Vintage Black Leather Crocodile Shoulder Bag 1970s
By Fendi
Located in Brindisi, Bt
Vintage Fendi Sas Roma shoulder bag, 70s. Black, 100% crocodile leather. Adjustable shoulder strap, can also be carried by hand. Clip button closure. Internal zip pocket. Made in Ita...
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

Saddlers Union Vintage Navy Blue Leather Flap Saddle Shoulder Bag
Located in Rome, Rome
Beautiful shoulder bag crafted in navy blue leather by Saddlers Union. The model is inspired by the 'Hunting bags' worn during outdoor hunting trips. The bag features a flap with fro...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Tan Suede and Leather Cross-body Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This vintage Gucci suede crossbody bag is perfect for carrying things around while on the go. Roomy enough for a wallet, keys, and other necessities but not too large to become weigh...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Dior Vintage Trotter Shoulder Bag Navy
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Dior bag is made with canvas with Dior’s oblique monogram print and features a large woven fabric shoulder strap, top zip closure and a navy interior. COLOR: Navy MATER...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Vintage CC Shoulder Bag Lambskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear on base corners, creasing and scuffs on exterior and handl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Vintage CC Shoulder Bag Lambskin Large
  • Vintage CC Shoulder Bag Lambskin Large
  • Vintage CC Shoulder Bag Lambskin Large
  • Vintage CC Shoulder Bag Lambskin Large
H 12.5 in. W 12 in. D 4 in.
Chanel Classic Flap Rare 1991 Vintage Quilted Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare 1991 Vintage Lambskin Quilted Classic Flap Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware CC Turnlock Closure Texturized stud hardware Classic flap back pocket Quilted Leathe...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Crossbody Quilted Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware Classic Interwoven top handle Detachable classic interwoven chain strap Patent leather...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Crossbody Quilted Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware Classic Interwoven top handle Detachable classic interwoven chain strap Patent leather...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige & Brown Quilted Striped Linen Vintage XL Timeless Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Beige & Brown Quilted Striped Linen Vintage XL Timeless Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: CB425 Serial Number: 3246068 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Chanel Box Authenticity...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare 1991 Vintage Quilted Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare 1991 Vintage Lambskin Quilted Classic Flap Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware CC Turnlock Closure Texturized stud hardware Classic flap back pocket Quilted Leathe...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Flap White and Black Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Classic Flap White and Black Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag From the Spring 2011 Collection. White and black leather Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap bag with brushe...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel 28cm Navy Lambskin Triple CC Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage Chanel 28cm navy lambskin triple "CC" camera shoulder bag from 1994 to 1996. - These bag is rare in navy lambskin leather interior and exterior. - It comes with authent...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel gold leather shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel gold leather shoulder bag Chanel vintage gold lambskin mini flap, slight signs of time Measurements: Width: 14 cm Height: 10 cm Depth: 3 cm
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Vintage Bottega Veneta Crossbody Orange Leather Flap Bag With Shoulder Strap
By Bottega Veneta
Located in Portland, OR
This is a lovely vintage Bottega Veneta orange leather handbag with a shoulder strap. The bag has 2 flaps, a larger exterior flap that snaps closed and a hidden smaller flap pocket ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Vintage Classic Gold Leather Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes vintage gold leather shoulder bag with gold front logo. Excellent condition. Front pocket and back zipper pocket. Shoulder drop 13". Comes with original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Beige Lambskin Quilted Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This bag is sure to draw anyone’s attention because of its vintage look. This tote is crafted from leather. The golden chain woven into beige leather strap adds to its charm. Golden ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

1990s Raquel Sitwell Black Suede Leather Tortoise Shell Vintage 90s Shoulder Bag
By Raquel Sitwell
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic and classic RAQUEL SITWELL black suede and faux tortoise shell structured shoulder bag! Medium to Large size fits all the necessities. Long shoulder strap is the perfect length ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

VERY RARE Hermes vintage shoulder bag in white Beluga leather and gold hardware!
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
Rare Hermes vintage handbag in Beluga leather (fish skin), gold-tone metal hardware, adjustable white beluga leather handle for a shoulder. Closure by flap. 1 pocket at the front of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

1990's VIntage Chanel White Caviar Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel white caviar leather 90s shoulder bag with gold tone hardware. Excellent exterior. Shoulder drop 16". Collection 1996/1997. Comes with hologram and generic dust cover.
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Vintage WILKES BASHFORD Brown Leather Shoulder Bag
By Wilkes Bashford
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage WILKES BASHFORD shoulder bag comes in a brown leather featuring a front cut out detail, inner pockets, and a strap buckle closure. Buckle strap ripped. As-Is. Made in Italy. ...
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19th Century Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Large Camera Bag Black Exotic Ostrich Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned, vintage Chanel Large Camera bag in black exotic ostrich with gold hardware. Two slip pockets outside, main zip compartment lined in leather with one zip pocket i...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Frame Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
GUCCI Black Suede Vintage Frame Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: CWAHF-HB007 Serial Number: 001-1781-1864 Age (Circa): 1990 Authenticity Details: Date Stamp (Made in Italy) Gender: Lad...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

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Vintage Shoulder Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary vintage shoulder bag you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Brown, Beige, Gray and more in stock now. Making the right choice when shopping for a vintage shoulder bag may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 18th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. There have been many well-made iterations of this accessory over the years, but those made by Chanel, Hermès and Gucci are often thought to be among the most stylish. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much is a Vintage Shoulder Bag?

On average, a vintage shoulder bag on 1stDibs sells for $2,910, while they’re typically $74 on the low end and $27,000 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Finding the Right Shoulder Bags for You

Ever since we’ve needed an accessory to carry our personal items when we’re on the go, shoulder bags have proven indispensable. Today, vintage and designer shoulder bags are such a treasured part of fashion history that they even get their own museum exhibitions.

Prior to bags becoming an essential piece of any ensemble for any gender, women wore pockets strung on ribbons as garments that were separate from their gowns, accessible by openings in the fabric. Small handbags and handheld purses were developed before the accessory gained importance as functional and fashionable. Most had more in common with wallets than anything else.

While the bags of the 16th century warranted ornament, such as exteriors embroidered with silver-gilt thread and beads, it wasn’t until the late 18th century and early 19th century that the design and craft of bags had really broadened. Handheld purses were finished with details that were meant to garner attention, and bags were fitted with shoulder straps. A stylish shoulder bag meant that women could tote jewelry, cash and perhaps a decorative snuff box full of tobacco to an evening ball across town.

The early 1900s saw the introduction of gold and silver minaudières. The patenting of these compact bejeweled clutches has been attributed to revered French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, and today they remain a fashion favorite. One of Judith Leiber’s innovative minaudières even earned a role in the movie Sex and the City.

A luxury shoulder bag is a work of art with a long, fascinating origin story, and entire brands and fashion lines have emerged around creating the perfect versions of shoulder bags and top-handle bags. For example, the iconic Hermès Kelly bag, which was popularized by actress Grace Kelly, is a widely coveted, collected and often faked entry from the handbag hall of fame. And while vintage Gucci tote bags have their own dedicated fan base, collectors and lovers of luxury are likely familiar with the Dionysus, a pared-down Gucci shoulder bag that manages to make a substantial statement anyway.

Embrace a classic look with a vintage shoulder bag designed by Chanel, Givenchy or Fendi — find yours on 1stDibs today.