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Sterling Silver Coin Purse for a Chatelaine or a Doll, c1900
This is a sweet little purse which would have been worn on a chatelaine. It is made in the exact form of its larger full-size cousins. It is of sterling silver, maker ‘H.M’, Birmingham, 1900 (possibly Henry Meyer). It has a floral repoussé decoration and two short chains passing to a ring for attachment to a chatelaine or watch chain. It opens at the top with a double ball clip to reveal a deep green silk lining with three compartments, presumably for different sized coins. It closes with a satisfying snap. The silver and chains are in excellent condition. The lining does show some wear. This would be a lovely addition to one of your chatelaines, or as an example of a miniature purse for the purse-collector, or used as a full-sized chatelaine purse on a doll. Width 1.75 ins (4.5cm), maximum length 3.25 ins (8.3cm). Weight 20 grams. This item appears in my book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” on page 188.
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