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European Purse with Floral Pattern Leather and Guilloche Enamel Plaque - Circa 1925
This purse is so different with that wonderful floral leather and great Art Deco plaque. The flowers show so well being a camel color with a hershey brown background. The red guilloche enamel radiates out from the center in a classic ripple pattern with the blue enamel echoing the ripple but in a smaller/tighter formation. The edge of the front of the purse also contains a notched pattern rim of a white metal. The interior of the purse contains an oval mirror and two pockets. A flat front pocket with a flap cover and a back pocket that has pleated sides for expanding the pocket's size (see last photo).
The leather is in excellent condition with no rips, holes, cracks, scratches or abrasions. It is still very supple, not dried out. There is a bit of wear to the leather's rim where the handle is folded over at it's hardware connecting to the purse. On the narrow neck area between the two halves and on the interior top lower portion there is some lift and fraying to the edge rims (inserts on photo's 7 & 8). The floral pattern is done by some form of painting or silk screening method and is absolutely fabulous and in outstanding condition!
The interior of the purse is lined with fabric, a brown for all the interior except the flap pocket which is a vanilla colored fine glove leather. Both fabrics have some spots of minor soiling. On the top half of the purse the brown fabric has become loose from under it's leather rim on both sides just above the neck. On the left side it is an approx. 1/4" spot. On the right side it is a 1" long spot and also include some fabric fraying (insert photo 8).
The mirror is grayed and has all over age spotting and crazing to it's silver backing. but you can still somewhat see a reflection. The handle hardware and the purse's snap closure are in a gold tone metal and are in working order.
The guilloche enamels have a wonderful depth of color being a rich lipstick red and a dark blue. The enamel is all original with no chipped out areas or restoration. There are surface cracks on the red enamel as seen in the photos but again no missing enamel. All of the plaque's rims and fan patterns of pink base metal, possibly copper, have light surface corrosion. It does not stand out as such but has a brown tone that blends with the color of the leather. Rich feels that the leather's outstanding condition, the plaque's metal rim corrosion and the mirror's condition are all due to the purse being stored in a cedar box or chest for many years.
There is nothing on the purse to give us a country of origin but Rich feels the purse is probable Austrian. The handle strap is 5 3/8" long and the oval purse is 4 7/8" tall x 3 1/16" wide x approx 5/8" deep snapped closed. A very unusual purse in very nice condition for your collection.
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