Heavy Silver Purse Frame from Second Half of the 19th Century

This beautiful purse frame is made of 800 silver that was formed to look like faceted stones or cut steel. The diamonds and hexagons of the faceting are beautifully framed by curving borders and swags. The design is on both the front and back side of the frame.

The frame was made between 1864 and 1893 and was very finely sandcast and hand finished. Because it was cast this frame is very sturdy and could have a pouch sewn onto the holes provided on the inside perimeter of the frame and a handle sewn onto the original loops and be used today, just as it was nearly 150 years ago. It would make a truly one-of-a-kind purse.

Weight: 85 grams

Size: 5-3/4" wide x 2-3/4" high

Condition: Very good vintage condition. There is a slight (1 mm) gap along a portion of the top of the frame but the clasp is very secure.

Marks: There is the French "weevil" mark which is for imported objects of 800 silver. There is also a maker's mark inside an oval, but I can't make out the mark.

Item ID: LK3567

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver, Size: 5-3/4" wide x 2-3/4" high

$165 USD

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