Antique Aluminum Beaded Coin Purse Doll Size 2.5"

This antique miniature beaded purse is made of pale silver, pink, red, and gray seed beads. A floral design appears on both the front and back. A simple green glass cabochon button serves as the clasp.

The beads gave me the impression that they were cut steel but they do no attract a magnet. Perhaps they are aluminum, dating the purse to pre-1880, when aluminum was so difficult to extract that it was more valuable than gold.

The purse was originally lined in silk but over the years the lining has disintegrated.

Measurements: 2-1/2" wide x 2" high with the flap closed

Condition: as stated, the silk lining is almost gone; verdigris on the button clasp; no damage to the bead work.

Note: the beads look brighter in my photos than they do in person.

Non-smoking home. No funky smells.

Item ID: 6123

$85 USD

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