This elegant antique sterling silver mesh handbag has Nouveau roses in relief on its lovely ornate frame with the Gorham sterling silver mark of a lion facing right, the anchor for the state of Rhode Island, and the "G" for the Gorham name. The 6" long chain has a chatelaine ring in its center, and from the top of the ring to the tiny center ball at the bottom of the purse measures 9". At its widest part the frame measures 4-1/8", and from top of frame at center closure to bottom of purse is 6". The three tiny balls that are evenly distributed across the bottom add a finishing touch to the flat chain mail mesh of the body of the handbag. It weighs 198.8 grams. As the oldest American silver company when Jabez Gorham founded it in 1831, the Gorham name has been synonymous with outstanding quality, and this stunning accessory for the Victorian lady is a beauty. Although not necessary for display purposes, it does need some attention to a few rings and mesh on either side of the opening and one tiny ring at the center back frame if one will carry it. This is often the case with these weighty yet delicate purses, and I have shown it in the photos. The design and beauty of this particular one, though, shows the workmanship and quality that the company was famous for. Thank you for visiting.
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