This French antique coin purse in a perfect size for fitting into a dainty gloved palm, or a small dress pocket. The two exterior panels are of French ivory, with one side being inlaid with silver and mother of pearl floral design, there is also a silver cartouche with initials. The purse opens up with small clasps to reveal four roomy ivory silk pockets. There is a little flip up lever on top of two pockets separators. The purse measures: 2 1/4" x 2" x 3/4" thick. When opened it measures 3 1/2" across. It is in very good condition, considering the age. The interior is in excellent condition, the inlay intact, the clasp and hinges work properly. Please see pictures for details, they are part of my description.
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French Ivory -
French ivory is an early manmade material created to resemble expensive natural ivory. This faux ivory is made from celluloid, a cellulose and camphor thermoplastic dating to the 1860s, and widely used until the middle of the 20th century. It can be differentiated from natural ivory by its parallel lines rather than the crosshatched lines found in genuine ivory and by its lighter weight. French ivory can be molded easily, making it an ideal substance for a wide variety of items, including decorative dresser sets, handles for flatware, hair accessories and gaming pieces. Although it has some drawbacks and requires thoughtful storage and care, many antique and vintage items made from this early plastic are highly collectible.
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