Edwardian 14kt Gold Mesh Purse Diamonds & Emeralds
This gold ladies' purse from the Edwardian (ca1910) era is quite a glamorous accessory! The body of the purse is formed by a handcrafted chainmaille design comprised of fine 14kt yellow gold rings, forming a slinky, mesh bag that hangs from a solid gold kiss clasp snap closure at the top. The craftsmanship is incredible, including a spectacular platinum-topped diamond and emerald leaf design that decorates the top edge. A delicate Rose Cut diamond is set within each individual leaf, and delicate milgrain detail surrounds the stones and lines the stem. Three old Mine Cut diamonds and two beautiful emeralds are bezel set along the top, adding a wonderful sparkle and luscious color. Set within the kiss clasp are two vivid emerald green cabochons. The purse hangs from a gold chain link handle, and a large gold ring is attached at the back. Both the ring and handle are stamped with two hallmarks. The purse opens to reveal the original fabric interior, which is taupe colored and semi-sheer. A very special vintage piece, it is perfect for the collector or purse-lover and would make a gorgeous accessory for special occasions!
Measurements: The purse measures 6" wide at the top and when worn. The mesh body of the bag measures up to 8" wide when laid flat and spread out. From the top of the kiss clasp to the bottom of the mesh bag, it hangs approximately 5" long. The handle is 13" long. When worn, the entire purse hangs approximately 10.5" long from the top of the handle to the bottom of the bag. The overall weight of the piece is 196.1 grams.
Condition: The overall condition of the purse is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold chainmaille forming the mesh bag, and the kiss clasp is secure and in good working condition. All of the diamonds and emeralds are intact, as is the chain handle and ring in the back.