Antique Circa 1810 Purse Purple Beadwork Pinchbeck Frame Deliciously Rare Color
This small and decorative coin purse was made to safely store one's precious gold or silver coins. It was most probably brought to England from a grand tour of Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Please see identical examples of this purse in The Met Museum, The Winterthur Museum and of course Candice Hern's exceptional blog on Regency Beaded Sovereign Purses ( link provided on our favorite links page).
The pure gold color pinchbeck frame is a work of art with its teeny encrusted floral motifs. The buttery pinchbeck frame contrasts superbly with the dark purple knitted beadwork body. This is a very scarce colorway and a very rare find....so Josephine Bonaparte!!! Just look at those teeny gilt facetted metal beads that twinkle within the knitted beadwork body, they twinkle just like the stars in the night sky. This little treasure comes complete with original early push button opener, that opens and closes with a satisfying snap and original rear chatelaine suspension loop.
Measuring 3.75" by 3" at its widest. Early 19th century beaded coin purses were tiny as they would be hung from a chatelaine or wrist or stored inside a reticule. They are not to be confused with later, larger Victorian examples.
Condition is very good. The purple glass beadwork is in very good condition as it is expertly incorporated in the very fine knitted technique. If we had to be picky, just one or two teeny little foxing marks to the body. The original silk purse lining has long since deteriorated and at some distant point in the past been replaced with a replacement green woven silk lining ( the choice of black silk for the stitching to reattach lining to outer body and frame was a little too conspicuous for our liking – this could be replaced with a more suitable colored thread).
This will make a stunning addition to your discerning antique purse collection. Please view our other antique purses. These small Georgian fashion accessories make THE perfect collecting field as they are of small size for easy storage/ display and they were made with love from luxury and highly decorative materials that today are treasured as miniature works of art. Please stop a while and browse our fantastic array of original, genuine antique purses. reticules and pocketbooks from the mid 1700's to the mid 1800's.
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