For the discriminating collector, this golden treasure offers absolute perfection. Exquisite in design and condition, this Victorian Revival gold chain maille coin purse from West Germany still retains its original satin liner in superb condition. This elegant handbag is ready to charm.
This chain maille bag is a coin purse or finger purse design with a beautifully engraved frame measuring 3" wide by 1-7/8". It closes with a 5.5mm bead kiss clasp, with each kiss bead adorned with a 4.5mm paste diamond crystal. The body is crafted of woven gold wire mesh in a chain maille (mail) design. The metal is unmarked but it is likely crafted of gold plated base metal or German Silver. The bag measures 3-7/8" long from the tip of the bead clasp to the base of the chain mail body. The bag weighs 2.21 ounces.
The interior of this coin purse is lined with an ivory satin. The lining is in pristine condition as is its threaded stitching to the frame. It retains its original fabric maker tag "Made in West Germany", which would definitely put its age at after 1949. There is some fraying at the tag's edges. There are no other markings in the lining or stamps on the frame. Rarely will you find the original lining of these bags still intact and in such pristine condition. This bag is gorgeous.
The frame exhibits no age or use related spotting or loss of gold plating. In fact, the gold plate is so vibrant that it looks like 14K yellow gold. The engraving adds an Art Nouveau flair to this piece and truly gives it the look of a late Victorian finger purse.
The chain mail mesh links are in perfect condition with the frame attachment links all in place. There are no broken or missing links within the body and there is no loss of gold finish. There is no dark spotting in any location. The mesh is as soft as butter. When you have this golden treasure in hand, you can hardly resist the urge to run the mesh over your hand--over and over.
This extraordinary petite bag is indeed a wonder and sure to please!
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