If there's an ~ R ~ in your life, she might love this old Victorian era compact purse.
It's made of unmarked heavy silver-plate, testing strong for silver in some places. The top is ornately etched with repousse flowers and in the center, the letter ~R~ is fancifully engraved.
Inside, are some necessities for the lady stepping out for the evening. There's a little mirror lid with beveled edge and an empty space below it that once probably held rouge. It doesn't snap closed so sometimes opens. There are two coin holders and an empty rectangular space that maybe once held powder. The right side was intended for cigarettes...a slot on each side had a piece of elastic across to hold them in but can now be used for bills or cards.
The case measures 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches by 3/8 inch thick. It's held by a silver-plated link chain that measures 11 inches around. Held toward the light, the case shows some minimal age-related dings though nothing distracting. The case weighs 106 grams. The case shuts securely with a snap. It's in overall very good condition...a lovely old accessory.
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