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Alligator Skin Accessories

by Linda Ferguson

Fashion items made of alligator were very popular in the early- to mid 20th century. Boots, carrying cases and vanity items, and other personal items were crafted of alligator.

Alligator Bags
Price trends for alligator bags auctioned on eBayTM from July 1999 to February 2000 (1072 items)

A pair of vintage Foot Joy alligator size 10 shoes was sold for $205.50 on September 27, 1999 by an eBay user from Union Springs, NY.


Alligator and lizard bags and shoes from Wards Catalog, Fall and Winter 1959

Some makers of alligator bags made use of the entire skins of baby alligators for small clutch bags and other items.

Hunting of the American Alligator was banned in 1967 when it appeared that the species was in danger of extinction. The species was removed from the Endangered Species list in 1987, but because of its similarity to other species, it is still highly regulated.


Even before the ban, the prohibitive cost of making items from alligator skin led many manufacturers to make items of "faux alligator". Anything tradionally made of real skin was also made to look like alligator, as well as less-traditional things such as games and musical instruments. Additionally, items made of leather were, and still are, tooled to resemble alligator skin.

Ladies Alligator Shoes
Price trends for ladies' alligator shoes auctioned on eBayTM from July 1999 to February 2000 (110 items)


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