A luscious creation in blue silk and dainty embroidered beige silk, it originates from a fine collection found in Paris. This petite beauty dates from the mid part of the Georgian era, 1790-1810.
During this period, textile accessories were custom ordered to coordinate with a special gown. The client was able to bring or choose the fabric, frame and ornamentation and pick the style and size, and the purse would be fashioned for them by their personal dressmaker.
The gilded brass frame is charming, with repeating raised flowers and buds. The push clasp has a gilded brass finger pull at the top middle of the bag, in the form of a pretty wreath with a ribbon. The chain is original, in metal (brass and a mix of harder metals). The outer bag is composed of alternating panels of blue silk (frayed to threads) and beige silk ribbon (with pretty red and pink embroidered flowers). The circular bottom was fashioned by winding silk ribbon in a coil which continually became larger. The silk ribbon has worn to horizontal threads, imparting a fancy fringe effect. The interior once had a pale blue silk lining; this is mostly gone with only a few bits of blue silk remaining at the top.
It measures: 5 1/4" tall, 5 1/4" wide at the widest point. The gilded brass frame measures 3 3/4" wide. The chain measures 21"
(10 1/2" length when hand held). The purse is in good antique condition; wear commensurate with it's delicate nature and extreme age. Please study the photos as they are the best description.
It is a precious small purse with a large personality. It seems to speak of fancy balls and whirling couples; to a time of elegant fashion and manners.
Antique Georgian Period French Silk Purse with Fine Gilded Frame