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This exquisite little coin purse was made circa 1880 in German Silver and is signed as such. The coin purse was meant to hang on a chatelaine. Chatelaines were decorative hooks or buckles that Victorian ladies wore on their belt from which was suspended several useful items on chains such as pocket watches, note pads and pencils, scissors, coin purses, match safes, needle cases, et cetera. All of these little necessities would be housed within ornate silver cases, adding beauty to function. This piece is no exception and is one of the nicest I've seen. The shape is a lovely tapered rectangle and is covered in the most beautiful and oh-so Victorian floral decoration. The case opens by pushing the little button at the top and this mechanism is in perfect working order. Every aspect of this piece is original down to the purple liner within the case. It measures 3 inches from the top of the ring to the bottom of the case and 1.5 inches wide at the bottom and just over 1 inch wide at the top. The size of the coin holders are approximately the size of an American dime and nickel.
This sovereign holder would look lovely as a pendant suspended from a chain and worn around the neck.
A few notes on antique and vintage items and my experience with them:
I have been raised around antiques. My uncle was an auctioneer and dealer since long before I was born and, having no children of his own, took me on to pass down his personal legacy. He has been teaching me about the subtleties and details in which one can tell the genuine article from the fake and reproduced since I was a small child. For the last 14 years I have been working hand in hand with him in our antique businesses.
Making vintage inspired jewelry has also given me a leg up in the world of antique jewelry as lately I have seen the field flooded with antique reproductions made with the SAME EXACT components I make my handmade jewelry with. Its unfortunate, but true. The more frightening aspect of this is that when I occasionally and respectfully point out to these dealers that they are selling a reproduction piece they tend to get extremely hostile. Because of this, I have been holding my tongue more and more, but still feel awful about the bum deal someone is going to get.
While I have extensive knowledge of antiques and collectibles, there is no way the human brain, even with the aid of every price guide in print, could know everything about everything. I describe my antiques to the best of my ability and reference multiple sources before making educated statements about a piece. I stand behind what I sell and if you find out that a piece is not as described I will happily offer you a refund.