Carried extensively, this Mulberry is a testiment to the hardwearing nature of Congo. Still stiff and glossy with a fabulously spaced print and that wonderful, heady leather aroma, its one of those bags that's initial appearance literally takes your breath away.
Colour consistent and without any rain spots, visible scuffs or scratches, its beautifully shaped and shows no immediate wear.
The slightest lightening to the base corners, (not wear) the top flap has softened a little and the underside suede displays age related discolouration, so often seen on these pieces.
The shoulder straps are firm and well shaped but inking (edge sealant) along the sides has begun to degrade, developing a slight tackiness and softer texture.
A couple of light surface marks can be seen on the top flap, on close inspection, from where the inking on the shoulder strap has sat agains the hide, (though this is very easily polished)
Handle bases show inking loss and separating but this doesn't affect the bag structurally. The buyer may wish to have the inking renewed on the straps to remedy these small issues as its likely the inking will become stickier with time.
The interior is clean but ruffled, as happens with this finish, with a zipped pocket and two slip sections.
As with many Mulberrys made during this era, there is no Serial Number on the reverse of the interior disc. (On these vintage styles, the Badge and Disc are on the other side of the bag, not the pocket side)
Overall, a superb example of proper old-style Mulberry at its finest and a bag that looks so much better in the flesh than a listing of its faults makes it sound!
Made in England
36cm (14.1") wide,
26cm (10.2") high
16cm (6.2) deep.
Shoulder straps are fixed with mid point drop of 15cm