Shagreen is the tanned leather of the underbelly of the stingray, and it was a favorite (and pricey) leather used for small etui, cases and items in the 1700s to 1800s. This wonderful mid-1800s French coin purse is one of the finest examples of this leather ("galuchat" in French). The coin purse is in spectacular form inside and out, with baffled side panels to the coin purse and a beveled vanity mirror mounted into the lid. The monogram is an intertwining M and L, and can be read as either ML or LM. The fitting and monogram are of fine old French plated silver. The purse measures 3.25" long, 2.25" wide and /75" in depth.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type., with not a single bit of damage to that beautiful green leather (stingray belly scales - shagreen). The interior is very nicely preserved indeed. No splits to the old silk coin purse and no damage to the old original beveled mirror, not to the case, itself. Must have been very well treasured and not much used at all.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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