The repousse work on this early 19th century French purse frame is a superb example of the silversmith's art. Voluptuous cabbage roses and seed pods are scattered across a field of daisies and dogwood blossoms and surrounded by garlands of leaves. The flowers and foliage are highlighted by faceted silver medallions formed to look like rose cut diamonds or cut steel. The frame dates to 1819-1838 and was made in Paris. There are holes around the inside perimeter of the frame where a purse would have been sewn in.
SIZE: 6-1/4" wide x 3" high
MARKS: There is a left-facing head which is the hallmark for 800 silver made in Paris from 1819-1838. There is also a makers mark in a diamond with the initials "AC" and a small cross and a horse head in an oval with the number "2".
CONDITION: It's clear by its condition that this frame was treasured. There are no major dents in the silver and the clasp is still tight. There is one small faceted "stone" at the edge that is missing. The chain is steel and has a lovely patina, but some rust. There are several small pin holes in the silver probably caused by nearly 200 years of being lovingly polished (I'm not including the holes for the purse to be sewn in, just those in the body of the design).
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