This is a real treasure. Made in London in 1903, this lady's wallet or billfold is made of black leather decorated with a sterling silver front flap. It measures 4 3/8 inches across by 2 3/8 inches high by 1 inch thick...sized to be held in the hand.
The sterling is an ornate cut-through floral foliate design. The edge of it is stamped with hallmarks that include the lion passant for sterling, the year date (1903), the London mark and maker's marks that include G.A.
The inside of the purse opens into a three-section 'accordion' lined in suede. There's another slot on each side of the sections and a separate slot on the back.
This was used and so there are some condition issues that we think are minor considering age and usage. Part of the silver clasp is gone so it does not work anymore. There are some stains to the leather on the inside. The back compartment edges show some separation at the seams. There are overall signs of scuffs to the black leather. Much of this will polish out with a little leather polish but we leave things like that to the buyer who may prefer to leave this as found. The sterling has not been polished and that too, can be done by buyer.
Fine old accessories like this don't turn up often in any condition so even with the flaws, we feel this is still a sturdy, exceptional Victorian prize.
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