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c 1900 Black Silk Purse on Exquisite Art Nouveau Frame

c 1900 Black Silk Purse on Exquisite Art Nouveau Frame

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Directory: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1910: Item # 536002
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This delightful hand-made bag from the Late Victorian or Edwardian era features some of the prettiest hardware I've ever seen. Its gilt brass frame is beautifully detailed not only on the front and back, but even on the top edges. It also has a push-in latch of floral form and a *very* Art Nouveau pull ring.

Overall, this treasure is in outstanding condition, as you see. Even the lining is not only undamaged but hardly stained at all. Size is fairly spacious: flaring to 8 inches wide at the bottom from 4 1/2 inches at the top. Height, not counting the clasp or chain, is 5 1/2 inches. That the chain is attached diagonally signifies great age (and also makes a lot of sense to avoid spilling things). The bag's original chain was utilitarian, covered with worn fabric, so we replaced it with a fancy chain of the same length -- about 12 inches -- and the same era. It came from old store stock, so is pristine but rich with time's patina. The plain white metal chain will be included, in case you'd prefer to cover and use it. You might also - if handier with a needle than I - replace a few clumsy stitches taken inside at some point to secure the lining and fix a couple of teensy holes in the fine black fabric. These are very minor flaws, which suggest this was a mourning bag, used only briefly by the first owner and then carefully stored. Unlike mourning jewels, most of which strike me as gruesome, the black bags of the past perfectly complement our Little Black Dresses.

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