But THIS kind:
|Vintage 1920s purse authentic alligator with skull|
I learned from the hilariously titled "Alligatorfur.com", online home of the Louisiana Fur Advisory Council and Alligator Advisory Council, that there are actually three different things you may/may not be getting when you try to get a "genuine alligator" purse (even these, which are definitely from SOME kind of reptile, 'cause you can see his dad-durned head!). One is an alligator, which is the highest quality of the three, and thus probably the most expensive. The next down from that is a crocodile, and one down from that is a caiman. Gharials, native to India, are another type of reptile from the family "crocodilian" (add that to my stage name list) which look like a cross between a swordfish, an alligator, and my nightmares. Who knew I would get all pumped up about learning to tell an alligator from a crocodile? You can't say the seed that a childhood subscription to RANGER RICK planted in my imagination has not come to some fruition. More about the differences at the San Diego Zoo website here. Most of these may be the lesser quality, smaller caimans, but it could be a gator!
|Alligator Purse with Full Body Alligator|
|Classic 1940's Genuine Alligator Purse|
Vintage Genuine Alligator Ladies' Box Purse
(this may be the creepiest one)
|Vintage Alligator with Claws and Feet Handbag |
(j/k, this is the creepiest one. WHAT IS WITH THE HANDS?!)
Here are some less controversial alligator themed vintage items. Maybe I can fill the gatorless hole in my collection with one of these!
|Raffia Embroidered Alligator Purse|
|Homeward Bound, Florida postcard|