Early 19th Century Red Morocco Leather Wallet Pocket Book Gilt Tooled Cut Steel Expandable Clasp Circa 1820 AF
This is a beautiful little object from late Georgian England. This scarce item was purchased from a discerning collection along with other purses, pocketbooks and reticules of the Georgian period. This small red leather wallet/ pocket book has a good patina through many, many years of handling. This detail cannot be replicated. This is a rare survivor from the George III period, it is showing its vast age but will make a scarce addition to your collection.
This handsome wallet was produced for a well healed Georgian gentleman. Made from good quality red Moroccan leather with gorgeous palmette or anthemion design gilt tooling. The unusual feature is the Georgian cut steel push button clasp with steel expander. If your wallet had grown in size due to too many bills or receipts, your wallet could accommodate this expansion.
The push button steel clasp is a little rusty but still opens and closes perfectly. Upon opening the shabby kid leather interior just about retains its two leather compartments and empty pencil holder. These interior compartments are in poor condition having lost their stitching and having rips and tears. This wallet is NOT usable, it is purely for display. Inside was found a later antique bone sheet Monday to Saturday note book with pencil annotations.
Size: 6" by 3".
Condition: The exterior is good and bright, we have not cleaned this piece. The cut steel furniture is a little rusty as is so common. The front tooled leather holding tab that secures the expanding device is detached but does not detract on display. The interior as mentioned is in poor condition with a loose kid leather divider, one compartment is open at the bottom and side. The other compartment with the scalloped flap has a tear in the flap and is now also detached/ open to one side.
However, faults mentioned this is a wonderful little piece to add to your purse or wallet collection. Please see it displayed with our other antique miniature books.
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