Evans Case Co.
Massachusetts, USA, late '30s-1955.
Founder: Alfred F. Reilly, Samuel Haslan, Fred Burden.
Specialty: upscale handmade exotic skin handbags accessorized with sets of novelties (cigarette lighter, lipstick, comb, coin purse, mirror, compact, perfume atomizer).
Signature styles: superlative, fitted alligator and crocodile purses.
Sold by: Dale Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue. At the time when a high-end alligator bag became a must-have accessory in the US, this brand stood apart and commanded the highest prices. Today they're very collectible, especially when in mint condition and complete with accessories.
Mark: Evans Elegance.
Illustration: Evans Elegance handbag ad, Harper's Bazaar 1953.
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