Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver Edwardian era full evening purse c. 1900. This elegant purse is by S. Cottle and Company of New York (1877-1917) in mesh style. The frame features deep engraving on one side and initials of the owner on the reverse. The beauty of this piece is the push down opening clasp centered by a 17.1mm X 4.36mm oval, bezel set, bluish moonstone. The handle is held to the frame by curlicue holders which are echoed in the engraving on the frame. The purse is 6" wide at the frame X 4-1/4" long. The chain is 14" long (from the frame). The inside of the bag is marked "Agnes D. Thomas" + "Sterling" + "Coatesville, Pa" + "587-6" (presumably the model number) + the maker's mark for S. Cottle & Co. (see photos). There are no breaks or damage to the mesh. The purse weighs 150.5 grams.
The added interest for this piece is the original owner was Agnes Downward Thomas (born Feb, 1866 in Delaware, died in Oct. 1937 in Pennsylvania). She was the wife of William Henry Thomas (1854-1931) and they lived in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Her father was James G. Downward and her mother was Ellen Young Downward.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
Please note that antique or vintage pieces have been pre-owned, worn, and loved by their owners. The charm and beauty of antique purses come from the unique variations and characteristics inherent in antique silver. You may be able to see the artisan's tool marks. It is not new and perfect, nor should it be. Antique silver items may also show age appropriate tarnish.
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