With a bottom hinged gilt brass purse frame, jewelled clasp, attached beveled mirror, gilt chain handle and tear drop shape, this turn-of-the century dance purse had all the necessities any Edwardian lady would have wanted! Lined in a mint green silk taffeta, the purse sports a matching powder puff that fits in a gathered pouch on one side, and a two-inch diameter beveled mirror, backed with the same matching silk held in place with tiny gilded teeth. Mirror is attached to a fine gilt chain and fits in a gathered pouch on the other side. Impressed on the inside gilt brass frame are the words, "Quality Plate". Stamped flowers and drapes decorate the 5-1/2" x 3-1/2"(at it's widest) tear-drop shaped frame that entirely surrounds the soft and puffy Hunter green velvet exterior. The gilt chain has a drop of 7" to the rings on either side. Faux emeralds embellish the stylized filigree butterfly clasp that closes tightly with a small ball clasp. The outside is in very good condition, sturdy and able to be displayed in a frame or hung on the wall. The tiny mirror reflects well (perhaps, TOO well), but has a small dark spot at the very edge (shown in the photo about 2 o'clock)and a couple of tiny specks. The inside silk lining is starting to shatter, as with many dance purses of this vintage. Though the lining is still intact, it is probably not a good idea to carry it to a party today unless you were to have it relined. These small, early dance purses are increasingly hard to find, and this one is a quietly elegant treasure, worthy of the most discriminating collector. Thank you for stopping by.
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