Rare Antique Aluminum and Rhinestone Purse Frame
This incredible purse frame dates from the early years of aluminum's use as an affordable metal, either the late 19th or early 20th century, and there are elements of Art Nouveau and Edwardian motifs in its design. While I have seen many hair combs and barrettes from this era - its light weight makes aluminum especially suitable for this use - I have never seen a purse frame like this.
The frame has beautiful hand cutwork of flowers, swooping leaves and arches accented by rhinestones. The decoration extends to both sides of the frame; there is no back side. The cutwork sections are riveted to a second layer of aluminum which contains the clasp and also serves as reinforcement. The frame has holes for sewing on a purse and beautiful swirling loops to attach a handle.
This purse frame would be a great addition to a purse collector's collection or for a collector of aluminum jewelry. It would also make an exceptional purse for someone who wants to sew a purse onto the frame; I can imagine it as drop-dead gorgeous with vintage metallic brocade, Fortuny fabric, or hand beaded pouch.
Size: 7-3/8" wide 4" high
Condition: Very good vintage condition. I counted six missing rhinestones which are barely visible because of the brilliance of the frame, and there is a little darkening of some stones which is particularly common with aluminum jewelry.
Item ID: LK3798
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver, Size: M
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