Antique French MOP Shell Victorian Coin Purse 19th century


Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing

This is a lovely small Victorian coin purse, most likely of French origin, dating to the early Victorian era, mid-1800s.  This Victorian coin purse is made with a convex piece of mother-of-pearl riveted to the front and back of a metal frame.  The interior is divided into four compartments, the centre two closed with a top tab if desired.  The interior is finished in a pinkish red toned cloth.  This Victorian coin purse has a carrying chain attached to the top and closes with a metal tab.  It measures 4 1/8” in width at its widest and 2 5/8” in height - the chain has a fall of 3 1/2”.  This Victorian coin purse is in very good condition with some surface corrosion/wear to the metal and some fading or wear to the interior cloth.  In addition, the cut steel decoration on the front is loose, so can spin around.  I’m unsure if there is a piece missing at the bottom of the decoration as the shape is not symmetrical, however, if you can somehow stop the piece from moving, it looks fine the way that it is posed in the photos.

Despite the small problems, this Victorian coin purse is a very old, and quite beautiful object, lovely just to display!