This cut steel bead coin purse gets it's name from it's similarity to the Scottish headwear called the Tam O'Shanter. These little coin purses were popular from the late 1800's to early 1900's. The top is repousse silver plated brass daisy, or possibly a dahlia. It has a push button clasp. The body is tightly crocheted cotton steel cut beads. The top is marked Pat. Applied For under the lid.
The piece is in nice condition. The crocheted body is still good and tight. Although the thread is beige, I detect some traces of red, so perhaps it has faded. I don't see any missing beads. The exterior of the top is unevenly darkened. The clasp is in good working condition. The interior of the top is somewhat scuffed and has some dark areas. The rim of the purse shows some slight scuffing, and has some slight darkening. There are some dark spots inside the body on the bottom.
The top is approximately 2 1/4" in diameter with a flower on top. The bag hangs down about 2" from the top.
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