Delightful little antique French purse electroplated and coated in cream enamel. There is an extra little pocket inside the purse which opens by sliding a catch. Maybe that’s where a lady put a small key? Or the key to her heart?
Rather cleverly, I think, each outer side of the purse is attached by a small concertina of leather to allow for all that extra money a girl needs!
I believe this lovely piece dates from the 19th Century. The engraving indicates that the patent was still pending. She feels, and looks, lovely!
Approx size: At widest point – 3 inches; at highest point – 2 and a half inches.
Condition report: a few scratches to the enamel. Inside, the blue lining has a few marks.
Please note: the colour of this lovely little antique French purse is Cream, rather than Ivory which my photo might suggest. Similarly, the blue of the lining is, in fact, more like a shade of Teal, rather than that depicted in the photo. I hope this helps!