Vintage 20s/30s “Hand-Illumined Florentine” Tooled Leather Purse

Stunning vintage late 20s/early 30s leather purse is tooled on both sides with an intricate pattern of vases, flowers, and scrolling vines in window-like rectangles, with a central smooth oval and, near the top, a pair of winged griffins.

“Illumined” with jewel-toned dabs of red and green, the purse also features a wonderfully ornate frame, stamped on both sides with a leaf-and-berry design (though the outside is antiqued gold and the inside is bright gilt). The clasp is a knob that snaps through a ring in the shape of a tiny wreath. The 15” paper clip chain links have a stamped design as well.

Measuring 5” x 5 ½”, the purse is lined in tan moire silk and has both an attached mirror and an attached coin purse. The detached label inside it reads “Hand-Illumined Work, Real Florentine.”

This little gem of a purse is in good to very good condition. The purse frame is in excellent condition, as are the gorgeous tooled panels. Leather sides and bottom of the purse show surface wear (see photos), as does the cording around the panel; the mirror silver is crackled (though bevelled glass surface is intact); and the lining is laddering, as often happens with old silk. Overall, a gorgeous find.

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Item ID: alop1


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: brown, Size: 5" x 5.5"

$85 USD

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