A. Brandt + Son

Victorian French 18kt/Silver Rose Cut Diamond Chatelaine Mesh Purse Pendant

SKU: 46502


An absolutely gorgeous and unique chatelaine purse from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in solid 18k yellow gold and sterling silver, this ornate coin purse features a beautiful frame that holds a hand wrought mesh bag. The circular gold frame displays an intricate silver lattice design set with 36 Rose Cut diamonds that adorn the hinged lid. The purse opens from the edge of the frame with a kiss clasp featuring two smoothly polished beaded accents. The mesh is created using delicate interlocking round links and gives the appearance of a fantastic chainmail design with four silver charms dangling from the bottom of the purse, each set with an additional two Rose Cut Diamonds. Finishing the design is a gold jump ring attached to the edge of the frame with multiple French hallmarks stamped on the edge of the frame. 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 2 1/4" long. The frame and mesh measure about 1 3/8" long and1 1/2" wide. The overall weight of the piece is 24.6 grams.

Condition: The overall condition of the purse is excellent. Besides normal surface wear there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold or silver settings. The diamonds are all secure and intact. The kiss clasp is secure and in good working condition.

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