Sterling silver fine mesh purse by the E. A. Bliss Co. This beautiful, very fine mesh purse was made by the E. A. Bliss company, c. 1910. It was handmade, in a very slow, laborious process, and is similar to the Dresden mesh that was later machine made by other manufacturers. The delicate mesh has a silky feel to it, and drapes beautifully. The front of the frame has a fine floral hand chased design, with a blank cartouche. The back is plain. There are two tiny pointed stones in the closure. It measures 4.25 inches wide at the widest part of the frame, and 5 inches long, not including the closure. The drop from the handle is 12 inches. It weighs 110.4 grams, or 3.55 troy ounces. The inside of the frame is marked with the original owner's name and address. It reads 'Julia T A Morris, 1754 Beacon St., Brookline, Mass.'. It is also marked sterling, soldered mesh, and carries the rare E. A. Bliss honeybee mark, which is highly sought after. The mesh is all intact, and all the rings that attach the mesh to the frame are in place. It is typical for a small area of mesh not to be connected to the frame near the hinges. It has some wear to the back of the frame, and some spots of light oxidation. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition for it's age.
E. A. Bliss Co. started business in 1883, and later became Napier around 1915.