I received the package this morning, and when I saw the purse in person, I was even more elated. The lambskin leather is still so supple and smooth to the touch. The gold hardware is still shiny and with minimal scratches. And best of all, I am loving the size of this bag. Unlike my other classic flaps, I always have a hard time fitting everything into them, but with this purse, I have no problem. The bag is so roomy and it has 4 pockets outside which it's perfect for cell phones and keys...etc. It is such a practical bag to carry around everyday. You will probably be seeing a lot of this beauty in my future outfit posts :)
I am usually extremely cautious when it comes to purchasing vintage designer bags online. One way to ensure they are authentic is to purchase from reputable resellers that have 100% positive feedbacks or online stores that have a proven record of selling authentic goods such as Yoogi's Closet, Malleries, Fashionphile. There are more resources available here on the Purse Forum. I never made any purchase at Malleries or Fashionphile, but I have experience with Yoogi's Closet. They have great customer service and their prices are pretty reasonable. Another way to check for authenticity is to have the purses authenticated at the Purse Forum. The ladies there are so helpful and knowledgeable.