Rare Hallmarked Ripley & Gowan Sterling Silver Flapper Purse 1920s


This wonderful antique Ripley & Gowan purse is so very rare. An authentic 1920s flapper purse! A high quality hallmarked sterling silver mesh bag which also bears the maker's mark (image eight). 

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The lid is decorated with guilloche enamel of exceptional beauty which is adorned with hand painted pink roses & forget-me-nots. There isn't any damage to the enamel or hand painted flowers & foliage. The gilded edge of the sterling silver top and base are decorated with floral motifs and scroll work. The silver-gilt clasp closes onto a beautiful deep blue sapphire cabochon. All clasps & hinges work perfectly. A top the lid is a sterling cap from which a delightful gilded sterling silver strap emerges - complete with the silver runner which allows for the bag to be secured to the wrist whilst dancing. This is decorated on the front with a gilt stylized tulip & on the back with chevrons. This design is repeated on the bottom of the strap. 

Image six shows the sterling silver lid which opens to reveal the mesh purse. A compartment which houses two mirrors on a sterling silver frame which moves on a hinge to reveal the second mirror. Both the mirrors give good clear reflections - a tiny subtle amount of age related on the first mirror is visible. The bag is hallmarked 'R & G Co' & also 'STERLING TOP'. The interior sterling silver still retains the original gilding too. 

The mesh is superb still with the stylish monochrome enamel design & it does not have any missing links or damage. The bottom of the purse is secured with a silver gilt floral motif from which the silver gilt petal shaped clasp holds the tassels. Remarkably the tassels still retain the monochrome enamel too.
Measures 12 1/2" from the top of the strap to the tassel & weighs 180.7 grams. An immaculate velvet drawstring pouch is free with this order.

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