A rare and beautiful shield-shaped (mitre shaped) purse with original metal clasps. This design of embroidered purse was popular in the first quarter of the 18th century. Please see similar examples at The V and A Museum, London, The Met Museum - Accession Number: 2009.300.2076 and The Colonial Williamsburg.
Both faces of this spectacular shield shape purse are profusely couched with silver passing (white silk thread wrapped with flat strips of silver), each side shows a different scene. The front shows an embroidered basket of flowers with top left a small butterfly about to perch. This French knot worked scene is surrounded by a scrolling cartouche of raised gold thread. The reverse shows the reverse image, Butterfly perched top right. The sides of the purse are made from salmon pink colored silk faille fabric, the interior of the purse is lined in its original green silk. The purse opens by pinching the side hinges, this mechanism works perfectly.
Size: Height 4" (10 cm) by width 3 5/8" (9 cm)
Condition: Very good to excellent considering its 300 years of age. One face is slightly detached from the metal frame, the stitches that held it in situ have perished (an easy fix).Once can imagine this made for a wealthy court lady as the cost of the silver thread would have been very high.
Shipping: Due to its special nature, this item will NOT post via domestic post, it will ship via Express International Courier to UK, mainland USA, Canada, and mainland Europe only with a signature required upon delivery (usually a 1 to 3 day delivery window). Please be aware of your own countries customs rules as we do not cover import costs/fees/charges.
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