A gorgeous antique Edwardian sterling silver lady's chain mail purse. The frame work is exquisite, decorated with openwork and engraved detailing, patterned with stunning Neoclassical ornamentation. The decor comprises of laurel sprigs twined with ribbon, wreathes with ribbon tassels and shield cartouches, centered by a pair of kissing love birds nestled in foliage. Absolutely stunning quality workmanship! Handle features a kiss-lock closure. Suspended from a linked chain. Beautifully constructed with quality chain mail links. Heavy with a good weight in hand.
Bearing import marks for London 1912 with marks for silver importer George Stockwell and stamped 925. The interior of the frame is stamped 935 just above one of the hinges, indicating a silver content higher than the standard .925/1000. Each link of the chain handle is also stamped, but difficult to read whether they are stamped 925 or 935. Either way, a high quality sterling silver piece.
Measures 7 5/8" across the frame and the purse is 7 1/2" height, sans chain. Measures approx. 16 3/8" total length with the chain. Weighs 359.3 grams. In good condition with general wear.
These silver chain mail link purses were a necessary fashion accessory during the Victorian era and fashionable well into the early 1900's / Victorian/Edwardian era. A lady could stow a nice amount of coin money for errands and light shopping. The larger purses, such as this one offered here, are larger capacity to accommodate more substantial funds in addition to essentials for a debutante's first outing or lady's evening out. Today, they are great accessories for weddings and parties. 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, the smaller size purses make lovely decorative objects for accessorizing dolls, too.