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Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Dance Purse 1800s ~

Dates from 1862 - 1900, that is the only time R. Blackinton & Co. used the sword through the B mark. An American Silver Co. Also marked Sterling. Other marks would be pattern and worker.
By the etching design I'd say late 1800s. Etched on both sides. 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches and just over 1/2 inch deep. My mail scale weighs it at 105 grams or 3.6 oz. Chain is 13 inches and sterling as well.

In lovely condition but for one mark which I took a close up of and is last picture. Not noticable but on very close inspection. Inside pockets are leather. Would have held money, hanky, dance card at a dance or for the opera.

R. Blackinton & Co. The company was founded by Walter Ballou and Roswell Blackinton at North Attleboro MA in 1862 and continued as R. Blackinton & Co. until 1967. The original B pierced by a sword trademark was used until 1900. Their work was of a very high standard, in both sterling and 14 c gold, and included flat & holloware, novelties and jewelry.

Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Dance Purse 1800s


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