Antique Chain Mail Mesh Evening Bag, c1913

Popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these mesh bags were sized to carry only the essentials. This bag has an appealing shape, with a frame decorated with flowing scrolls. The purse is 6 ½" long, excluding the fringe, and 2 ¾" wide. The chain is 12" long. The sides of the frame are pierced so that the chain handle may slide up for carrying or down near the hinge to be out of the way.

Many of these old chain mesh purses were made of sterling silver. This one does not have a sterling mark, but is identified only by a patent mark, Patd July 22, 1913. The clasp has an amethyst-colored cabochon stone. The purse is in very good condition, structurally sound with a secure closure. There is slight darkening of the metal in a couple of spots, as you can see in the photos. One dangle may be missing, and there's wear to the inside of the frame.

Item ID: 1203066A05

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver, Size: 2 3/4 by 6 1/2

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