A beautiful example of a lady's purse from 1800-1830, it has survived the passage of time in original state. It was purchased from a Parisian estate, "Madame X " (estate sales do not list the person's name to protect the privacy of the family). During this era purses such as this were custom made to match a particular dress.
The sumptuous caramel velvet has the most delicate and divine touch. The teardrop shape is mounted into a 3/4" silver plate frame. The frame is hand cut, with scrolling arabesques, acanthus leaves and a central stylized flower. There are two half globes each side of the bottom frame. The original chain (it is just gorgeous) is still attached and there is a small hook at the top for attaching the purchase to a bracelet or chatalaine. There is a large (1 3/4" in diameter) silver plate medallion at the front and back bottom centers. It has a hand cut design of swirling arabesques. The interior retains the original hand sewn silk.
It measures:6 1/2" tall, 4 1/2" wide across the bottom, 3 1/2" wide across the top frame. The chain is 5" long. It is in exceptional condition for the extreme age: some loss to velvet nap in places but no fraying at seams, it is firmly attached to the mount, the silver has not been polished (it could be polished to a higher patina), there is a small place of light fraying at top edge of interior silk.
It is rare to find a purse of this era with the original chain and in an original state. The purse was cherished and treasured by many hands to survive so many years in marvelous condition.
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