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Antique Edwardian sterling silver black enamel blue sapphire clutch purse necessaire minaudiere w wrist strap mirror compact cigarette case
Fantastic antique Edwardian solid sterling silver black enamel synthetic blue sapphire cabochon necessaire minaudiere clutch purse with wrist strap, signed "E.A.M. Sterling". This is the maker mark of Elgin-American Manufacturing Company- Elgin, Illinois, established 1887. Measures 3-1/2" x 2" x3/4" and weighs 90.01 grams (3.2 ounces). Opens to reveal a deeply patinated tarnished gilt (heavy gold plated) interior with a hinged compartment containing a mirror. The mirror is removable and this can be used as a locket to hold pictures. The interior is large enough to hold folded paper money, or hand-rolled cigarettes or cheroots and will hold them up to 2-3/4" in length. This may have also originally been used as a dance card holder. The two synthetic blue sapphire cabochons are bezel set, the one in the center is used to open and close the case, and other is used to separate the compartments inside the case. The condition is FANTASTIC! In addition to being hallmarked and maker marked, the interior is also manufacturer numbered "2480629". The mirror was added decades ago and is not quite the length of the opening that holds it, and it is beginning to silver with age. Fabulous for a display on your dressing table, night stand or vanity, or to actually use and carry! Circa 1910-1915. For longevity we recommend that you never "snap" the case closed, but depress the sapphire pusher first, and then close the case while holding the pusher down. This will avoid putting wear and tear on the inside clasp mechanism.
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