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Antique French .800 Silver Lady's Evening Purse / Hand Bag, Chain Mail Mesh Links
Antique French .800 silver lady's chain mail purse. The frame work is exquisite, decorated with elegant neoclassical styling. Comprising of laurel and stylized acanthus along the sturdy handle centered by a blank escutcheon cartouche with ribbon and laurel detail. Absolutely stunning quality workmanship! Handle features a kiss-lock closure. Suspended from a linked chain. Beautifully constructed with quality chain mail mesh. Heavy with a good weight in hand. Weighs 328.5 grams. Hallmarked with the French head of the wild boar, in use from 1838 to indicate a silver content of .800/1000, close to .925 sterling. Also bearing a maker's marks for silversmith Louis Baudet, active 1882-1935 at 14 rue des Archives , Paris. In very good condition, no holes or breaks to the mesh. Measures 6 1/8" across the frame and the purse is 7" in height, sans chain. Measures approx. 14" total length with the chain. Weighs 242.2 grams.
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