Vintage gold metal mesh evening bag by Oroton

Stunning 1970’s shimmering gold metal mesh evening bag, made in West Germany by Oroton. This slinky bag is made from tiny linked metal tiles and has an orange silk lining with a brushed gold tone frame, decorative push clasp and a short snake chain handle. It is in excellent condition, with just very gentle wear to the handle. The inside is immaculate and the original mirror is present.

Measures: width 26cm (at widest point), height 13cm, depth 4.5cm. Chain drop to bag: 18cm. Each tile is 2mm square.

Brand History: Oroton is a luxury Australian accessories brand. Founded in Sydney in 1938 the company initially imported high quality European fabrics for the fashion trade. In 1951 it produced an elegant gold metallic mesh powder compact, having discovered the material in an industrial safety glove factory in Germany. It was hugely popular and very successful ranges of gold and silver metal mesh evening bags and purses (all made in West Germany) were produced throughout the 1960's and '70's. The bags became a symbol of the label’s “relaxed glamour” and it was asked to produce a limited-edition purse for the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. 

The brand, with its rich and long heritage is still popular in Australia. On the 2014 Royal Tour of Australia the Duchess of Cambridge carried an Oroton blue calfskin clutch. One of only three key Australian brands she chose to wear on the tour.

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