For instance, I have determined that it is probably caviar and not lambskin just now by reviewing several pictures and articles on the difference between the two. I have been checking this purse out for a year. It APPEARS to be a CocoChanel Shoulder Bag with CLASSIC caviar leather handles centered on silver chrome and woven leather chains fixed to round chrome monogrammed grommets that rotate. The body of the purse APPEARS to be made of caviar leather dyed black.
The main access to the multi compartment interior is made via a larger chrome zipper which has a pull with the double C monogram on a chrome chain. The caviar leather body is punched in a quilt pattern resembling a diamond. On the front of the body of the bag, the double C is monogrammed with the proper crossing of the double C = all instances of this monogram on the bag match with proper overlaps. The bottom of the handbag has four chrome feet, and at least one of the corners has light wear.
There is light wear on portions of the stitched skin/leather that is woven through the shoulder strap chain sections, two on each side = Classic Chanel Chain Leather. The links of the chain at the grommet and where the chain meets the strap are empty and have no leather = classic characteristic of REAL Chanel.The leather is doubled back on itself and sewn to itself at each termination point. In the interior of the shoulder bag, there is a secret side zippered compartment behind the Chanel Paris leather monogram. The outer lining of the interior that backs up to the leather/skin body has a thin leather/skin feel but I cannot tell what it really is.
The middle zippered compartment is sewn out of black woven shiny liner fabric with the double C monogram woven into the fabric diagonally in a stripe that alternates with a woven geometric pattern of triangles shapes, almost Navajo in appearance. The bottom of the inside of the main bag area is lightly soiled. NO SMOKE SMELL INSIDE OR OUT. The inside directly behind the front double C monogram has a double asymmetrical pouch - one large, one small, perfect for lipstick and compacts. The silver chrome pulls on each inside zippered compartment have matching long rectangular CHANEL pulls.
On the back of these pulls is the double C at the outer end with proper lapping of the cs. When I say proper lap, I mean that in all of these monograms, the left C overlaps the right at the bottom. Exposed/exterior Zippers were used by Chanel between 1970 and 1985/86 mainly. Overall, I would classify this vintage shoulder bag by Coco Chanel of Paris in VERY good condition.It uses several different materials TYPICAL of Chanel. It APPEARS TO BE pre-Lagerfield, who took over artistic design at Chanel in the mid 1980s because it lacks his classic clasp and does not appear to have ever had a serial number on the inside. Everything about this shoulder bag says vintage Coco Chanel PARIS from the late 1960s to 1982. ONLY NEWER BAGS FROM ABOUT 1985 ON HAVE SERIAL NUMBERS!! Older bags do not have serial numbers!! Please see the picture from a company that sells Pre-owned Chanel - I have been very diligent in searching for the means to authenticate this handbag as Coco Chanel. Everything I have looked at says this is Coco Chanel BEFORE Lagerfield took over in 1985 but later than the 1950/60s Chanel. The item "Black/Silver Caviar Leather CocoChanel Shoulder Bag PARIS RARE Punched Leather" is in sale since Sunday, December 31, 2017. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Women's Handbags & Bags\Handbags & Purses". The seller is "thehistoricworks" and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.