Lined in navy blue calf, stamped Asprey and London in gilt to interior and also Made In France, composed of two open compartments and inner, framed double compartment, one with a zipped pocket and two open compartments, one with a wrapped mirror; together with Asprey box and dustbag
Handbag: 14½ in. (37 cm.) high, including handles; 9 in. (23 cm.) wide; 3¼ in (8 cm.) deep
Box: 4¼ in. (11 cm.) high; 15¼ in. (39 cm.) wide; 13 in. (33 cm.) deep
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This handbag is perhaps the archetypal ‘Thatcher Handbag’. It is typical of the handbags favoured by Britain’s first female Prime Minister at the time when the verb ‘Handbagging’ was coined in the mid-1980s by Julian Critchley, Conservative MP, with reference to Margaret Thatcher’s dominant ministerial style, particularly during cabinet meetings. Mrs. Thatcher was photographed carrying bags of this type on many occasions.
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