Such a rare find a sterling silver mesh purse made before 1920 & fully hallmarked with
London import hallmark sterling & the date year for 1920. What makes this such a delightful find is that it is totally robust and usable. It is an ideal evening bag for that special occasion & certainly an ice breaker. The exterior frame, chain handle & mesh are superb & in the finest condition possible. The kiss closure contains beautiful pointed cabochon sapphires. The interior frames both carry the hallmarks shown magnified on image four & also the date letter "e". The original grey silk lining is still in place & in remarkably good condition. You would be able to carry your compact, make-up, money & a comb in this beauty. In some places the lining has been neatly repaired but this does not detract at all as it is not visible.
It weighs 236 grams & measures 6" wide & 61/4" high from the base to the sapphire cabochon closure. The chain handle stands 91/2" tall.
The hallmark HM into a Star of St David is for Harry Morser a manufacturer of jewellery -
329 High Holborn, London WC. Later on Harry Morser took over the Agencies of Burkadt & Co. a well known PForzheim silver manufacturer who specialised in mesh bag & purses.
We are indebted to the specialists at silvercollection.it for the information about Harry Morser.
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