This darling antique card/stamp wallet is truly a remarkable find.
While the body of the little purse is comprised of luxurious brown alligator skin, it is the sterling silver corner-protectors that really catch the eye.
Each side features a number of interesting hallmarks, the first of which is a stately lion; this indicates that the piece was manufactured in England and for the sterling content.
The next mark, though it has seen a fair amount of wear, is a lion's head, symbolizing the city of manufacture: London.
There is a lower-case "g", which indicates that the piece was finished in 1902.
There is another hallmark apart from the predominant set of three; this reads "FS" which typically indicates Francis Stamp, a silversmithing company established in 1780.
The locking clasp on the front of the coin purse remains in excellent working condition, and is likely silver-plated brass; it shows a small amount of goldtone around the edges.
There are three separate expanding compartments inside the purse; the interior remains in good condition.
Each sterling corner exhibits some patina but is in very good antique condition.
It is in great shape for its age and the leather is not cracked or stiff.
We have not seen one like this before. It will make a great addition to anyone's collection.
It is really a find and would be a great gift to someone special.
And, as is our usual policy, we did not polish the silver so the owner can leave or polish based on their preferences. (I wanted to polish it, but my crew threatened to cut off my hands....)
Measurements: Height: 2" Length (side to side): 3 1/8" Width (front to back): appx. ½" – ¾" Weight: 28.3 grams