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). 

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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