These charming little coin purses of natural shell, made in France, were usually part of a set comprised of the coin purse, a necessaire (card case) and/or a prayer book, all with matching shell and style, design, and were gifts given at confirmation ceremonies, or 1st communion. The sets often came in beautiful fitted leather presentation cases, and we have a few of those listed in our shop if you search a bit. But most often, these survive as individual little treasures, having lost their companions through time, or perhaps just the old original fitted presentation cases. I have several to list, and will note only the differences in each:
Napoleon III era coin case in deep dark chocolate shell with the occasional touch of cognac appearing, steam-formed into the outer halves of a lovely coin purse, and inlaid with fine French sterling silver 'L' monogram as cartouche. Retains the original claret-red moire silk lined interior with white piping still intact, as well as the pleated sections as you see them in our photos. Measurements appear on the photos.
Very good condition for age and type, this one is exceptionally well preserved. It has the appearance of one that was cherished but not used much, if at all. The lining is in remarkably fine condition for age, and remains without rips or tears at the pleats. Lockable compartment (into which one's tithe would have been put, of course) is fully intact and operational. No hairlines or cracks, no chips or even bug bites. Exceptionally fine!
Item ID: 102tspurse2
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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