This is an old Japanese silk purse, or a tissue holder in a wallet style with a silver clasp. It is truly a beautiful piece. The detail photos show the intricate weaving pattern, Sagara embroidery (Peking, French knot) and deep color of genuine gold. The light reflects on the silk in such a beautiful way. They bounce between the delicate indentions that were created from the weaving pattern. Antique silk and gold looks best in dim light, but the luster and glow that accompanies them ended up making the photos blurry at this time.
The decoration on this purse is auspicious; the combination of the pines, bamboos and plum blossoms (sho-chiku-bai), long-tailed turtle (minogame), cranes, fans, bishamon-kikko(turtle shell), etc. They are placed inside the roundels of snowflakes.
There is some fading/changes (yellowish) on the interior silk (with small faint stains), frail on the corners. The square pieces on the interior are woven with the same high quality gold (very thinly cut out gold foils on paper backing). Some squares are made to look like the corners are torn - it is not damaged. Dimensions: 7 3/4" x 4 3/8"