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Lite-On Bag

about 1953
Retailed by Delman (American, founded 1919), Invented by L.F.W. Straeter (Dutch)

Object Place: England


Length x width: 55.9 x 55.9 cm (22 x 22 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leather; metal, lightbulb and plastic

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black square handbag with gold metal frame and short black leather strap. Small plastic window in upper right corner. Interior metal cosmetic case with mirror and small round light bulb. Two marks on cosmetic case: “Straeter/”Lite-on”/guaranteed/24 carat/gold finish” and Straeter/S [with shield around it]/”Lite-on”/Registered under NR 226342/US Patent Office Washington USA/World’s Patent Rights/Reserved under NR 153599.” Three interior pockets, one with a metal zipper. Two labels in handbag interior: “Delman/by/Bagcraft/of London/England,” and “Made in England.”


By 2010, with Leslie Verrinder, Tin Tin Collectables, London; 2010, sold by Verrinder to Frederic Sharf, Chestnut Hill, MA; 2010, year-end gift of Sharf to the MFA. (Accession date: January 26, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf