Enid Collins Bags at the Witte Museum

December 03, 2011 | by Christian Collins

Enid Collins handbags on display Rebbeca and Me Rebbeca Norton's Collection 85 Years of Collecting Textiles - Witte Museum

The Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX is displaying a small collection of Enid Collins handbags in its permanent textiles collection. You can see the bags when you visit the Opening the Witte Wardrobe: 85 Years of Collecting Textiles exhibit in the Betty Coates Textile Gallery. When my wife, son and I visited there were three box bags: roadrunner, money tree, and love and one canvas tote: jewel bokay. The exhibit runs until March 25, 2012.

We also had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Norton who brought a portion of her personal collection of 75 Enid Collins handbags to show during a special one-day event featuring collectors and their collections.

I look forward to returning when our son, Jeep, is older and we can tell him about his great grandmother, Mimi, who made the beautiful handbags.


  • This is very cool. : Brunettepet
  • I have collected Collins bags over the years. Love the quirkiness of them. I have a couple on my Etsy site for sale. www.VintageWearTreasures.etsy.com : Carol
  • I have a new Collins Purse, never used. It's a Roadrunner design. Love it. Do you still make them? P : Billie Vang
  • I had the bird in hand wooden purse as a little girl... i have 2 more wooden and jewel bouquet soft purse..they are works of art..i really enjoy looking at them.. : judy bullard
  • I have loved these bags since the '60's when my sister worked at the factory in Medina Texas. I now have over 40 and sell them at the Western Trail Antiques Mall in Bandera : Marty
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  • I have a box purse given to me by my student teaching class in 1967. It needs new leather straps and a few glass bug parts are missing. Can you help me? : Esther Harvey

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