An absolutely gorgeous and unique chatelaine purse from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in solid 14kt yellow gold, this ornate coin purse features a beautiful frame that holds a hand wrought mesh bag. The frame displays a lovely etched floral design that adorns one side, and a smoothly polished surface on the other. The mesh is created using delicate interlocking round links and gives the appearance of a fantastic chainmail design. The purse opens from the top with a kiss clasp featuring two smoothly polished beaded accents, one capped with a gorgeous rich blue sapphire cabochon. Finishing the design is a lovely interlocking link chain attached to either end of the frame, and stamped inside of the frame is a "14K" gold purity mark. Given the size of the purse, it likely would have been originally attached to a chatelaine (French for "chain"), on a belt worn by women and men for carrying keys, thimble and/or sewing kit, etc. It's a fabulous and special piece from the Victorian period and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The purse hangs approximately 5 1/4" long, including the chain at the top. The frame and mesh measure about 2 3/4" long, 2 1/2 wide, and 1/4" thick. The overall pennyweight of the piece is 26.9dwt (41.8 grams).
Condition: The overall condition of the purse is excellent. Besides normal surface wear there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting. The sapphire is secure and intact. The kiss clasp is secure and in good working condition.