Catalog No. 0000.00.00
"Night Owl" bejeweled box bag featuring a stylized black owl and stars
8 1/2 L x 4 1/4 H x 1 7/8 D in.
Prob. 1963, 1966, or 1967 (based on copyright info.)
Humorously plays with the idea of a an evening bag, or night bag. Solid medium-toned wood box purse screen printed in black. Features a stylized owl with feather details flanked by two line-art-style starbursts. Eyes decorated with large faux amber gems surrounded by antique-gold acrylic embellishments. Beak embellished with gold appliqué. Stars' center decorated with imitation gems and gold rings. "night owl" appears in lower left corner in hand-script cursive style.
Title of Piece
night owl (sic)
Enid Collins (American, 1926-1989), for Collins of Texas
Associated Product Codes
Black, amber, gold (metal)
Collins Jewel Colors
Topaz, Antique Gold, undetermined
Owls, birds, night owls, night, stars
Signature and/or Mark
"ec" and copyright symbol printed on lower right of front panel
Acrylic serigraph on heavily lacquered solid wood (probably mahogany); glass jewels manufactured for Collins of Texas in the Czech Republic; acrylic embellishments; hand-wrought solid brass clasps and ornaments; rigid vinyl handle; satin lining; mirror
Serigraph (screen) print; machine-made box with hand-applied stain and lacquer; hand-wrought solid brass; some hand assembly (hand application of jewels)
Place of Manufacture
Places of Sale
Shows typical wear from use; serigraph vivid; original embellishments intact and in place.
One of many variations on the evening bag, night owl pun. Though "night owls," and owls in general, were a frequent and popular Enid Collins motif, this particular box bag has far more bling embellishments than other versions.