Antique Purse Tortoiseshell and Mother of Pearl RARE Circa 1820's
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A rare example from the 1820 period. This wonderful reticule was the height of fashion for wealthy lady's. This was a period when rigid shapes became popular for reticule bags. Please see some of the Ackermann's fashion plates of this period and similar examples at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam.
The brown leather body having pressed shell front and back plates that are impressed with pewter stringing and engraved mother of pearl roses and leaves. This beauty retains her original chased silver locking plate with little key shaped securer. It also retains its original corded handle ( although damaged) and silk covered wooden tassels. The original pink silk lining is also retained but is perished and shredded.
Size: 8.25" by 5.5" without handle.
Condition: The moulded tortoiseshell has crazing to the front and reverse. There is some general scuffing to the leather top edges and concertina base (easily improved with a brown leather polish). Both silk cord handles have old silk thread repairs. The front handle is 50% reduced in size where presumably the 200 year old original handle had worn/snapped at some point in its past and now reaches only approx 1" above the top of the bag. The clasp works perfectly. The original pink silk lining is perished in places and delicate.
This is a rare chance to add such a sought after example to your Regency reticule collection in the UK and Europe. Please stop a while and browse our other original Georgian purses, reticules and pocketbooks. We have one of the most comprehensive collections on line. They make the perfect gift for that special person...................
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