Gorham Sterling Silver Aesthetic Lady's Purse
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Superb early Gorham ladys purse, the exterior decorated in the Aesthetic taste. The surface is matte-finished and accented with areas of matte-finished and glossy parcel gilding. Each side features a triangular area of engraving representing what appears to be a bough of olive branches with olives. The purses beveled edges are glossy and are decorated simply with rows of bright-cut engraving. The purse opens with a push on the thumbpiece to reveal an interior divided into three compartments and lined with the original teal blue silk shantung. The purse retains its original chain. The inside rim of the purse is marked with the earliest form of Gorhams lion-anchor-G hallmark, along with the pattern number 210, Sterling and the date letter for 1871.
Origin: America, 1871. Condition: excellent, a small ding in the engraved area on one side (visible in raking light), all original, the silk lining with almost no wear. Size: 3-1/2 wide, 2-1/2 high, 1-1/2 thick, 11 chain. Weight: 68.0 grams.
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