In about the best condition possible, this is a French lady's coin purse from the Napoleon III era, circa 1860-1880, all hand beaded with exquisite motifs, and with a spectacular gilt fastener, very ornate and still functional today.
These coin purses were made for large, heavy coins, silver or gold, themselves called "Napoleons". I do not think people were using bank notes in everyday life.
The beading is divided in 2 parts: a floral top in a harmony of pink and carmine against beige, and a decorative bottom, made of vivid teal blue patterns, which I find totally awesome.
The top stretches like an accordion, and once closed, the cap covers it, very much like a bottle cap.
What is remarkable in the piece is the quality of the metal parts, its delightfully intricate top of course, but also the vibrancy of its gilt, no doubt with a real gold finishing, which also includes the chain.
It has not tarnished at all after 150 years! And still has this 19th Century warm gold color that we all love.
CONDITION: In top condition for its age.
A few missing dangles at the bottom,and the silk lining lost to History, as always.
Purse beading can be called intact, as if there are a couple beads missing here and there, this is not visible at all. Accordion system works well.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 8".(without the dangles) Largest Width: 5". Cap Diameter: 2". Chain: 17" (20 cm) (12.5 cm) (5 cm) (43 cm)
Will be shipped Expedited from Paris (5-7 days) including insurance and signature at delivery.
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