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RESERVED FOR CORY Cool Antique Gate Closure Leather Coin Pouch

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So much to describe in this vintage coin pouch! The pouch itself is made of a soft finished black leather. The top of the pouch has a knit collar connected by stitching to the leather. From there the knit collar is attached with stitches to the silver colored metal (nickel alloy?) gate closure. The gate is a clever scissor style collapsing ring that expands to open when two short metal chains on opposite sides are gently pulled. When fully closed, a hinged "lid" can be snapped down over the opening locking the collar shut. Beautiful details in this coin pouch. The leather is in very good condition - firmly stitched with no holes or cracks. The pull-chains have elegant little seashell charms attached. The knitting is well-done and appears to be completely intact. The gate closure expands and contracts perfectly. One of the more interesting details may be found on the hinged lid. It is embossed with the image of an insect (an ant perhaps?). This is consistent with Victorian Era style, but we are honestly unsure as to the specific age of this item. A consultation with a local antique dealer would likely be helpful in determining age with any certainty. We have done very minimal restorative work on this pouch. The leather has been treated with a gentle conditioner which helps prevent drying and cracking and also helps keep it water-resistant and supple. The metal gate collar has been carefully and lightly oiled to help preserve it from rust and keep the hinging expansion points freely moving. Very good condition with some discoloration of the metal - we'll leave polishing up to you, if desired. A truly interesting curiosity. Enjoy!

Approximate dimensions:
4 inches (10 cm) overall length. The opening is 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide when shut and expands to 2 and 1/4 inches (5.5 cm) when fully open.

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RESERVED FOR CORY Cool Antique Gate Closure Leather Coin Pouch