This fine vintage sterling evening purse or handbag made in America by the Elgin American Company. The outside is monogrammed but I cannot decipher the initials. The front of the case is engraved with stripes; the back is plain. The purse has its original chain handle. It dates around 1920 and is a perfect accessory for a flapper dress.
The inside is fitted with two coin holders, a celluloid dance or note card and a place for calling cards. Although not pictured, I will include the calling card that came in it. The card does not shed any light on the monogram. The inside has a buffed circle pattern on both sides. This purse has lots of detail and exquisite workmanship.
It is marked ELGIN AM....FG CO; STERLING SILVER, MADE IN U.S.A. Part of the first line is worn away. Also has a model #: 477793.
It is in very good condition. It has several small dents, some scuffing consistent with use and some tarnish. The clasp is tight but there is a bit of space between the side edges. I cannot find evidence that there may have been a spring on the calling cad holder.
It measures about 3 ½ x 2 3/8 inches.