This offering is for an amazing mid-19th Century miniature Victorian purse. It measures 2 1/2” x 1 7/8” and weighs 34 grams. it will make an important addition for a collection or as a perfect accessory for an antique doll. It is comprised of highly iridescent mother-of-pearl shells, leather and silk and is in nearly perfect condition. The front shell is beautifully decorated with an oriental design consisting of a silver deposit oriental bird and delicate leaf design. The design is complete with only a few tiny missing bits of the silver inlay missing on the border portion. The purse would have been easily damaged with frequent handling. Instead, It appears that the purse was used very infrequently. There is no damage of any type on the shells. The red leather that attaches the shells is supple and also shows no damage. The press type catch works easily. The interior, covered with rose colored silk shantung, has three compartments. There is no evidence of dust, fading or damage present. What a beauty—perfect for several types of collections. The purse in my 23” doll's hands is shown to give you an idea of the size (22"-26") of a doll that would perfectly display the purse. Please contact me if you have questions. Your purse will be shipped via USPS First Class Insured Mail FREE of charge. International customers, please contact me for shipping information. Thank you for your visit.
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