Catalog No. 0000.00.00
"Nite Owl" top-opening box bag featuring a stylized gold owl with many jewels and embellishments
7 1/4 L x 4 5/8 H x 3 1/2 D in.
Prob. 1968 or 1969 (see Copyright info. under "Design")
Solid wood casket-style box purse humorously playing with the idea of a an evening bag, or "nite" bag. Screen printed in gold and decorated with faux gems and metallic embellishments on sides and top. Front panel features a stylized owl with heavily embellished eyes of orange and crystal imitation stones and gold embellishments, and claws dotted with amber gems. Acrylic metallic gold star appliqués imply night-time, as does a highly stylized "star" on the box lid, also decorated in faux gems and gold. "nite owl" appears in lower left corner of lid in hand-script print style. The letter "I" in "nite" is dotted with a gold asterisk-style star.
Title of Piece
nite owl (sic)
Enid Collins (American, 1926-1989), for Collins of Texas
Associated Product Codes
Gold (metal), crystal, amber, orange
Collins Jewel Colors
Crystal, Topaz, Gold (metal), Antique Gold (metal), undetermined
Owls, birds, night owl, night, stars
Signature and/or Mark
"ec" and copyright symbol printed on lower right of front panel
Probably 1) reg. no. GP60640; 12/16/1968; DHH; "Stylized"; or 2) GP62921; 06/25/1969; DHB; "Stylized"
Acrylic serigraph on heavily lacquered solid wood (probably mahogany in natural finish); glass jewels manufactured for Collins of Texas in the Czech Republic; acrylic embellishments; hand-wrought solid brass clasps and ornaments; vinyl handle OR natural hand-stained leather handle; satin lining; mirror
Place of Manufacture
Serigraph (screen) print; machine-made box with hand-applied stain and lacquer; hand-wrought solid brass; some hand assembly (hand application of jewels)
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. Owls were a frequent and popular Enid Collins motif.