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Fossil, Inc., an American company founded in 1984, designs and manufactures clothing and accessories for men and women. Fossil purses and handbags come in a variety of modern, yet vintage-inspired colors, textures and styles. A skeleton key, embossed with the company name, is a signature and trademark of the Fossil brand. The company includes it on many Fossil handbags or purses. According to the company, Fossil sells products online and in more than 90 countries around the world.

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Open the Fossil purse and look for a leather tag with a stamped serial number on it. The Fossil serial number indicates the design style and year Fossil manufactured the purse.

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Call Fossil&#039;s toll-free customer service number, 1-800-449-3056, and give the customer service representative the serial number and your contact information.

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Or, Email the serial number to customer service through Fossil&#039;s company website. Click on "Customer Care" on the home page. The "Contact Us" link provides access to an easy-to-use email form.

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Wait for a response. Customer service will contact you by email or telephone with the year the Fossil purse was made. The unique serial number on a Fossil purse not only indicates the year the purse was made, but assures the customer that she has purchased an authentic Fossil purse.

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Pat Kennelly

Pat Kennelly is a blogger and freelance writer who has been writing professionally since 1999. She has been published in "Alembic," "The Pointed Circle" and "Poetry While You Wait," among other literary publications. Kennelly is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College.