This wonderful mid-nineteenth century semi-circular purse frame is decorated on both sides geometric patterns created by hand engraving and chasing. The entire edge of the frame is gently scalloped and enhanced by engraving. Chased lines create hexagonal shaped cells each of which is centered by a rose cut piece of cut steel that is riveted to the frame. Even the pull loop is enhanced by a twisted wire pattern. The inside perimeter has holes for sewing on a pouch and the top of the frame has holes for attaching a handle. While there are no marks on the frame indicating where it is from, it was purchased in Paris and is possibly French.
Age: While there are no marks on the frame to aid in dating I have found two examples on the internet in museum collections that lead me to believe that the frame is circa 1860. There is an example of a steel semi-circular frame from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is circa 1860 and another from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with both cut steel and fluted edge that they date to circa 1860-1880.
Condition: Very good vintage condition. Aside from a few small areas of rust on the top of the frame it is in excellent condition. The clasp is very secure.
Size: 5-3/8" wide x 2-3/4" deep
Item ID: LK3648
Vintage and Antique Jewelry and Accessories Selected with an Architect's Eye
I will be away until August 31st on a buying trip and attending "Jewelry Camp", the Antique Jewelry Conference