These charming little coin purses of 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 blue moire silk lined interior still intact, as well as the pleated sections as you see them in our photos. Measurements appear on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, this one is very well preserved. It has the external appearance of one that was cherished but not used much, if at all. The lining is in excellent condition for its age, and no 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 cracks, no chips but 2 small bug bites, noted in our photos, and a faint faint line between the two.
Item ID: 102tspurse4
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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