This adorable little purse comes from Paris and dates from 1890-1900.
It is the perfect size for fitting into a dainty gloved palm, or a small dress pocket. The two exterior panels are of rectangular cut mother of pearl shell. The front panel has inlay of brass and silver plate "cisele" (hand cut) in the form of two flowers intertwined. The brass stems and leaves are incised for a life-like effect.
The purse opens up with small clasps to reveal four roomy ivory silk pockets (the exterior of the pocket is of leather). There is a little flip up match strike lever on the top of one of the pocket separators.There is a stamp "Depose" on the interior which is a nineteenth century patent mark.
The purse measures: 2" x 1 5/8" x 5/8" thick. When opened it measures 3" across. It is in very good condition in accordance with age. The top right corner of the front panel has a very, very slight chip. The exterior silverplate edging has wear from age. Otherwise, the interior is in excellent condition, the inlay intact, the clasp working, the hinges working.
It is very useable and would be lovely for an evening accessory. Or, it would be fabulous in the hand of a beautiful French doll!!
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