From the Middle Ages to the French Revolution, the Jewish people residing in Europe were forced to display in public, in his clothes, between other marks, a yellow David star for segregation and racism. Although in some countries of Europe its obligation ended earlier, it was not until the French Revolution that its non-obligation was determined. From early nineteenth century, with the arrival of new ideas, modernity and the subsequent development of Europe, the emancipation of European Jewishness took place, and the compulsory use of the marks or insignia that the Jews had to exhibit in turn gradually passed to be a matter of the past, and finally ended by being abolished. Notwithstanding for a short period some exponents of the Jewish tradition continued to use it, now as a proud symbol of belonging
Made Ca. 1820 (regency period) this rare purse was made in Sterling (935) silver, five sapphires, and beautifully enameled with an intricate guilloche design who makes the background changes from blue to yellow, like the David star would be shining. The central design is a yellow David star, bordered by a complex and delicate design in gold foil and, in the middle, a full color young lady in her Regency dress. The general shape of the purse is a Gothic revival shape, coinciding with the new neo-gothic revival architectural fashion.
Inside it has: three compartments with respective lids, a chiseled mirror (some cloudy) and a handkerchief press. As the only damage detail, the inner main lid has a scratch (please see the photos). An external hidden little pencil. Chain for hang. Sealed “935” no other hallmarks.
Really a museum piece, Unique in the site
Body, closed; 9.5 x 5 x 1.5 cm (approximate, widest points)
Chain; 28 cm (end to end)
Weight: 157 grs.
Unique in the site
Enamel perfect, excellent conditions according age & use
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Unique, sterling 935, Jewish enameled regency dance purse
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