This elegant purse or handbag dates to the early 20th Century. It is made of hallmarked sterling silver and manufactured by the American firm of Blackington and Company.
The purse is a good size, measuring 7 1/2" in length and 4 1/2" in width. It weighs a hefty 8.470 troy ounces.
The frame has a fabulous pierced floral design on both sides. There is an oval garnet cabochon used as its push button latch. On the outer top of the frame are the initials M.L. N. G.
The purse is in very good vintage condition. Of the several thousand sterling mesh loops, i only note 3 or 4 missing - amazing for a piece of this age. This would make a gorgeous accessory for your evening clothes.
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