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Chanel Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Leather Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag Lizard Gold tone hardware Leather lining Zipper closure Made in Italy Date code present 1317318 Shoulde...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Versace Vanitas Shoulder Bag
By Versace
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Fantastic Versace bag Plein and crossed leather Black color Fringed Golden trims and studs Golden Medusa on metals Zip closure Internal zip pocket Cm 40 x 30 (15.7 x 11.8) Original p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Versace Vanitas Shoulder Bag
  • Versace Vanitas Shoulder Bag
  • Versace Vanitas Shoulder Bag
  • Versace Vanitas Shoulder Bag
H 11.82 in. D 3.94 in. L 15.75 in.
Mua Mua Coco 1001 Nights Book pochette and Shoulder bag
Located in Capri, IT
Coco in 1001 nights in a blue book pochette that can be worn as a shoulder bag too Embellished with beads and sequins Measurements: 23 * 18 cm Shoulder strap lenght: 95 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Authentic CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019. This stunning bag is in mint condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Vintage Pola Purse Clutch Evening Bag 2 ways Black Ostrich Golden Hdw
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Rare and Beautiful Authentic Hermès Purse "Pola" Made in France No stamp but vintage Made of Ostrich Leather and Golden Hardware Ostrich is it a resistant leather, and less sub...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Black Togo Leather Plume 32
By Hermès
Located in Geneva, CH
Elegant and slick Hermes Plume bag in black Togo leather with gold-tone hardware. Lining in black leather Year: 1995 Leather: Togo Color: Black Hardware: Gold finish Dimensions: 3...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

new CELINE Phoebe Philo black leather biker bag with silver grommets
By Phoebe Philo
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Black leather 'biker bag' with silver studs and yellow suede lining designed by Phoebe Philo exactly as seen on the Celine spring 2016 runway. Bag is very large. It measures approxim...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rare Limited Edition Metallic Bronze Large Brown Gold Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Limited Edition Chanel Old Medium Rare Metallic Bronze Gold Boy Bag Year: 2017 Chanel Dark Brown Bronze Quilted Patent Leather Large Boy Flap Bag Patent Leather in gold Gold Hardwa...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

VALENTINO GARAVANI 'Vavavoom' Bag in Green Python Leather
By Valentino Garavani, Valentino
Located in Paris, FR
Valentino Garavani 'Vavavoom' bag in green grass python leather and pale gold hardware. Worn on shoulder and crossbody. The pretty braided chain measures: 172 cm. It ends with 2 ca...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Valentino Rockstud Lock Mini Bead Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag
By Valentino Garavani, Valentino
Located in London, GB
Valentino Mini Rockstud Bead Embellished Shoulder Bag. Black Leather Embellished With Beaded Body. Signature Pyramid Studs. Bordered With Gold Tone Studs. Gold Tone Hardware. Pushloc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

BOTTEGA VENETA burgundy INTRECCIATO VLOURS VENETA LARGE Hobo Shoulder Bag
By Bottega Veneta
Located in Zürich, CH
Bottega Veneta "Velours Veneta" limited edition shoulder bag in burgundy woven lambskin and velvet. Opens with a zipper on top. Lined in dark taupe suede with a zipper pocket against...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Cartier Black Leather Gold 2 in 1 Kelly Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Flap Bag
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Cartier Black Leather Gold 2 in 1 Kelly Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Flap Bag Leather Gold tone hardware Flip lock closure Woven lining Made in Italy Handle drop 4.25" Removable sho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Black Evelyne TPM Shoulder Cross Body Messenger Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Evelyne TPM Shoulder Cross Body Bag Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition. Perfect gift! Coming in full set with shoulder strap, Hermes sleepers, and Hermes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

MIU MIU Black Patent Leather Shoulder Handbag
By miu miu
Located in San Francisco, CA
MIU MIU handbag comes in a black patent leather with gold toned hardware featuring a shoulder strap detail, top handles, inner zipper pocket, and a zip up closure. Made in Italy. Go...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

PRADA Saffiano Lux 2 Way Shoulder Bag Handbag Leather Black
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic PRADA Saffiano Lux 2 Way Shoulder Bag Handbag Black Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The ye...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

VERSACE LARGE FRINGED VANITAS Black HANDBAG/SHOULDER BAG
By Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
VERSACE Resort 2015 collection LARGE FRINGED VANITAS HANDBAG Top handles, detachable shoulder straps, top zip fastening, gold-tone hardware, detachable Medusa key ring 1...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Executive Tote 2Way Caviar Shoulder Bag Handbag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Executive Tote 2Way Caviar Shoulder Bag Handbag Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The y...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Black Pony Hair and Leather Handbag Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Beautiful Gucci handbag or shoulder bag, crafted in black pony hair and leather. Flap with magnetic button closure. Gold metal handle with removable shoulder strap. Black fabric lini...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

PHYNES Black Leather Handbag with Attachable Shoulder Straps
Located in New York, NY
PHYNES's wonderful black calfskin leather "Kelly" style handbag has double handles along with a attable shoulder strap if desire. Handbag is highlighted with gold hardware along with...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

PRADA Saffiano Lux Large 2 Way Shoulder Bag Handbag Leather Black
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic PRADA Saffiano Lux Large 2 Way Shoulder Bag Handbag Black Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Executive Tote 2Way Caviar Shoulder Bag Handbag Black 2014
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Executive Tote 2Way Caviar Shoulder Bag Handbag Black 2014. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Handbag - Black Alligator Quilted Silk Gold Chain Reissue Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Rare CHANEL mini reissue shoulder bag comes in an alligator texture quilted silk satin and features yellow gold tone hardware, double chain shoulder strap, double flap closure, and b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

VERSACE FRINGED VANITAS BLACK/YELLOW/WHITE SMALL HANDBAG/SHOULDER Bag
By Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
VERSACE SMALL FRINGED VANITAS HANDBAG Top handles, detachable shoulder straps, top zip fastening, gold-tone hardware, detachable Medusa key ring Made in Italy 100% leather,...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Italian Purple Leather Shoulder Strap Handbag, 1980's
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian leather handbag by Chanteuse in a wonderful shade of purple best described as grape. It has a snap closure at the top of the frame with a coordinating decorative resin ba...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

VERSACE LARGE FRINGED VANITAS BLACK, WHITE and YELLOW HANDBAG SHOULDER BAG
By Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
VERSACE LARGE FRINGED VANITAS HANDBAG Top handles, detachable shoulder straps, top zip fastening, gold-tone hardware, detachable Medusa key ring Made in Italy 100% leather...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Black Crocodile Shoulder Bag
Located in Alford, MA
Shoulder bag of black crocodile featuring an incised gold metal frame decorated with graduated black cabochons centering a larger one in a filigree mounting. Narrow croc shoulder st...
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1960s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Black Crocodile Shoulder Bag
  • Black Crocodile Shoulder Bag
  • Black Crocodile Shoulder Bag
  • Black Crocodile Shoulder Bag
H 6.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 2.5 in.
Rare Chanel Round Black & White Lambskin Handbag Circle Shoulder Bag or Clutch
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Portland, OR
This gorgeous Chanel Shoulder bag is stunning with its modern futuristic pattern and circular shape. This high contrast round black and white lambskin leather handbag is from Chanel...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Christian Louboutin Black Shoulder Bag
By Christian Louboutin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Christian Louboutin Black Shoulder Bag. In excellent condition, Measurements: Height - 5.3 Inches Width - 14 Inches Height with Strap - 13 Inches
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Canvas Shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Canvas Shoulder Bag is in excellent condition. Black canvas with tonally stitched interlocking CC and white leather reinforced corners. Substantial whit...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Woman Shoulder bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
Shoulder bag, classic chain, single flap, eco-friendly fabric, solid color, engraved logo, braided, button fastening, gold-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, leather lining, tass...
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Mid-20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Black Box Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Vintage Hermès black leather shoulder bag with gold-plated hardware, leather interior and multiple interior pockets. Braided strap detaches to make the bag a clutch. Handle drop, 11...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Hermès Black Box  Shoulder Bag
  • Hermès Black Box  Shoulder Bag
  • Hermès Black Box  Shoulder Bag
  • Hermès Black Box  Shoulder Bag
H 7 in. W 1 in. L 11 in.
Chloe Handbag Black/Grey
By Cristina Sabatini
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
The Chloe is a classic flap bag with a plush felt woven through the chain for a softer and more elegant look. Fold-over flap with turn-lock closure Non-removable woven velvet chain c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Paloma Picasso Black Leather X Logo Handbag
By Paloma Picasso
Located in Atlanta, GA
A classic Paloma Picasso shoulder strap handbag in a supple black leather with the iconic 'X' logo in gold tone metal ... triple kisses from Ms. Picasso! The long shoulder strap is ...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Paloma Picasso Black Leather X Logo Handbag
  • Paloma Picasso Black Leather X Logo Handbag
  • Paloma Picasso Black Leather X Logo Handbag
  • Paloma Picasso Black Leather X Logo Handbag
H 6.5 in. W 7.75 in. D 3.25 in.
Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in London, GB
A great black bag by Gucci. The body of the bag is black Gucci fabric with logo woven in. It has black patent lower corners and handle, and an internal zip pocket. Serial number 001 ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
  • Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
  • Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
  • Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
H 14 in. W 11 in.
Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in London, GB
A great black bag by Gucci. The body of the bag is black Gucci fabric with logo woven in. It has black patent lower corners and handle, and an internal zip pocket. Serial number 001 ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
  • Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
  • Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
  • Black Gucci Shoulder Bag
H 14 in. W 11 in.
Etienne Aigner Leather Black Shoulder Bag
By Aigner
Located in Brindisi, Bt
Etienne Aigner vintage 70s shoulder bag. Black, 100% leather. Small model, clip closure, gold details. Made in France. Externally excellent conditions, some signs of use inside. Hei...
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Etienne Aigner Leather Black Shoulder Bag
  • Etienne Aigner Leather Black Shoulder Bag
  • Etienne Aigner Leather Black Shoulder Bag
  • Etienne Aigner Leather Black Shoulder Bag
H 6.3 in. W 5.91 in. D 1.58 in.
Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Black Calf leather Gucci shoulder bag with silver-tone hardware, single flat adjustable shoulder strap, tonal suede lining, open top with an attached zippered pouch. Designer: Gucci...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Gucci Vintage Black Leather Shoulder Bag
H 6.5 in. W 10 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel miniature black lambskin quilted leather shoulder bag measures 5 1/2" in height, 7 1/4" in length, 2 1/2 in width. Leather straps measures 20 1/2" in height. The exterior ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
H 5.50 in. W 2.50 in. L 7.25 in.
Celine Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Celine
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Flaunt this beautiful Celine bag wherever you go and you will surely receive admiring glances. The bag has a structured shape and is crafted from black leather. The suede lined inter...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Celine Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Celine Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Celine Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Celine Black Leather Shoulder Bag
H 10.83 in. W 7.49 in. L 15.36 in.
Chanel Women's Handbag Black Leather
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
From 2007/2008 Collection Woman, leather, solid color, embroidered logo, quilted, zipper fastening, silver-tone hardware, internal slip pocket, internal pockets, day bag Includes: -...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Givenchy Antigona Medium Black Leather Tote Handbag
By Givenchy
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Givenchy Model-Antigona Medium Color-Black Date Code-301123 Material-Leather Measurements-12" x 7.5" x 11.5" Strap-12" Outside-Normal Wear - No rips or Stains Inside-Light...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Harrods Black Alligator Embossed Leather French Handbag
By Harrods
Located in Atlanta, GA
This Harrods black alligator embossed leather handbag offers a great combination of classic style and a chic look. The body of the bag has a snap front flap closure with an extra lo...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Salvatore Ferragamo Black Leather Gancini Shoulder Bag
By Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in Paris, FR
Salvatore Ferragamo black leather Gancini shoulder bag featuring gold-tone hardware, an internal logo patch, a foldover top, a chain shoulder strap, an internal zipped pocket, a leat...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Tote - Black Pebble Leather Handbag
By Cristina Sabatini
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
-The simplicity of the Lindsay Tote Handbag makes this bag a wardrobe staple. -The AAAA quality pebble leather makes this bag soft and flexible. A hard bottom helps keep this bag sta...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Proenza Schouler Black Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Proenza Schouler
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Black leather shoulder bag by Proenza Schouler. Gold-tone hardware. Yellow leather interior. 11.5" length, 10.5" height, 7" depth, 13" shoulder strap drop. Condition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Fendi Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Fendi
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This creation from Fendi is well-made and handy. Crafted from leather, it features a top zip closure that leads to a spacious interior for your ease. The bag is complete with silver-...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Fendi Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Fendi Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Fendi Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Fendi Black Leather Shoulder Bag
H 8.08 in. W 4.73 in. L 11.42 in.
GUCCI black leather GG INTERLOCKING Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Gucci Interlocking shoulder bag in black grained calfskin featuring light gold-tone interlocking GG logo clasp. Interior is divided in two compartments and lined in be...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Fendi Borsa Mini B Black Patent Leather Handbag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Fendi Borsa Mini B Black Patent Leather Handbag in excellent condition. Black patent leather exterior trimmed with orange topstitching and adjustable buckle shoulder strap. Top zippe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

GIVENCHY black leather SHARK MINI Shoulder Bag
By Givenchy
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Givenchy Shark Mini shoulder bag in black grained leather. Opens with a flap and turn-lock and is lined in black suede with one zipper and open pocket against the bac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

PRADA black leather INSIDE MEDIUM Shoulder Bag
By Prada
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Prada Medium Inside bag in black smooth leather with a dirty rose leather inside bag and lining. The inner bag is joined through two folds to the outer, without any in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black lambskin envelope shoulder bag with silver tone hardware. Two interior compartments. Shoulder drop 10". Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
H 6.5 in. W 2 in. L 9 in.
Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel bag in black leather with hardware bathed in gold. Closure with classic CC logo, internally quite large. Adjustable leather shoulder strap and chain. To be a vintage product...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
H 11.82 in. D 6.3 in. L 14.18 in.
Salvatore Ferragamo Black Wire Shoulder Bag RUNWAY
By Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in Philadelphia, PA
RARE RUNWAY SALVATORE FERRAGAMO black wire cage shoulder bag in excellent condition. Unique woven black wire cage exterior with a removable silver chain strap attached. Black rubber ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Delvaux Black Souveraine Shoulder Bag
By Delvaux
Located in Antwerp, BE
Good condition Delvaux Black Souveraine Shoulder Bag This gorgeous Delvaux bag is crafted from black leather and features gold-toned metal hardware. The bag features a belt detail,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Delvaux Black Souveraine Shoulder Bag
  • Delvaux Black Souveraine Shoulder Bag
  • Delvaux Black Souveraine Shoulder Bag
  • Delvaux Black Souveraine Shoulder Bag
H 10.63 in. W 11.82 in. D 3.94 in.
Dolce & Gabbana Woman Shoulder bag Black, Silver
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Milan, IT
Shoulder bag, synthetic fibers, solid color, front logo, button fastening, silver-tone hardware, internal slip pocket, internal zipped pocket, sequined, evening. Product Condition: V...
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Mid-20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Moschino black nylon shoulder bag
By Moschino
Located in New York, NY
Moschino Black nylon shoulder bag measures 12 1/4" in height, 17" in width, depth measures 5 1/4". The bag is fully lined with a zipper compartment.
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Bally Black Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag
By Bally
Located in Paris, FR
Black Bally leather bag featuring a gold tone detail on front gold tone detail on the suede flap, an adjustable shoulder strap, a magnetic closure, an internal zipped pocket. In exc...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Bally Black Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag
  • Bally Black Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag
  • Bally Black Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag
  • Bally Black Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag
H 7.09 in. D 1.97 in. L 10.24 in.
BALLY black leather LAYKA TOP HANDLE Shoulder Bag
By Bally
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Bally Layka shoulder bag in black grained leather featuring gold-tone hardware. Opens with a hook-closure and is lined in burgundy canvas and divided in two compartmen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Lunch Box Shoulder Bag in Black Gingham
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Picnic in style with this adorable novelty Chanel bag! Circa 2011, this Chanel lunch box bag is crafted from black canvas gingham and features the iconic CC logo, two zipper closures...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Black Patent Leather Classic Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Mini Black Patent Leather Classic Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Smooth black patent leather exterior trimmed with matte gold hardware. Signature woven chain and leather...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Black Shoulder Handbag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary black shoulder handbag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Gray, Beige, Brown and more in stock now. Making the right choice when shopping for a black shoulder handbag may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 18th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. There have been many well-made iterations of this accessory over the years, but those made by Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci are often thought to be among the most stylish. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Black Shoulder Handbag?

Prices for a black shoulder handbag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $74 and can go as high as $111,940, while, on average they fetch $1,771.

Finding the Right Shoulder Bags for You

Ever since we’ve needed an accessory to carry our personal items when we’re on the go, shoulder bags have proven indispensable. Today, vintage and designer shoulder bags are such a treasured part of fashion history that they even get their own museum exhibitions.

Prior to bags becoming an essential piece of any ensemble for any gender, women wore pockets strung on ribbons as garments that were separate from their gowns, accessible by openings in the fabric. Small handbags and handheld purses were developed before the accessory gained importance as functional and fashionable. Most had more in common with wallets than anything else.

While the bags of the 16th century warranted ornament, such as exteriors embroidered with silver-gilt thread and beads, it wasn’t until the late 18th century and early 19th century that the design and craft of bags had really broadened. Handheld purses were finished with details that were meant to garner attention, and bags were fitted with shoulder straps. A stylish shoulder bag meant that women could tote jewelry, cash and perhaps a decorative snuff box full of tobacco to an evening ball across town.

The early 1900s saw the introduction of gold and silver minaudières. The patenting of these compact bejeweled clutches has been attributed to revered French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, and today they remain a fashion favorite. One of Judith Leiber’s innovative minaudières even earned a role in the movie Sex and the City.

A luxury shoulder bag is a work of art with a long, fascinating origin story, and entire brands and fashion lines have emerged around creating the perfect versions of shoulder bags and top-handle bags. For example, the iconic Hermès Kelly bag, which was popularized by actress Grace Kelly, is a widely coveted, collected and often faked entry from the handbag hall of fame. And while vintage Gucci tote bags have their own dedicated fan base, collectors and lovers of luxury are likely familiar with the Dionysus, a pared-down Gucci shoulder bag that manages to make a substantial statement anyway.

Embrace a classic look with a vintage shoulder bag designed by Chanel, Givenchy or Fendi — find yours on 1stDibs today.