Antique French silver chain mail mesh silver lady's chatelaine coin purse. Decorated with beautiful embossing along the frame, patterned beaded oval medallions fringed with roses and flowers. Framework features a kiss-lock closure topped by artichoke finials, and having a loop ring so the purse can be worn on a lady's chatelaine or belt. The purse is of quality chain mail links opening to reveal a hinged interior divider. Hallmarked along the side of the frame and on the interior divider. Marked with the French head of the wild boar, in use from 1838 to indicate a silver content of .800/1000. The mark was typically used on small objects of at least 80% pure silver content, close to .925 sterling. In overall good condition for age and type with general wear. Measures about 3" total height x 2 1/4" wide across the frame. Weighs 32.4 grams.
These silver chain mail link purses were a necessary fashion accessory during the Victorian era and fashionable well into the early 1900's / Edwardian. A lady could stow a nice amount of coin money for errands and light shopping. We have larger purses as well which would accommodate more. Today, they are great accessories for weddings, parties, and evenings out. The silver chain mail is easy to match and these purses were so beautifully crafted by skilled silversmiths. A charming wedding gift or choice as a bride's "something old." And for doll collectors, these smaller size purses make lovely decorative objects for accessorizing dolls.
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