Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling 800 Silver Filigree Heart Shaped Coin Purse

Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling 800 Silver Filigree Heart Shaped Coin Purse

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Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling 800 Silver Filigree Heart Shaped Coin Purse:

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Item Description by: Cait P.
The Piece
Age Circa: Art Deco C. 1920 -1940
Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed
Country of Origin: Unknown
Brand: Unknown
Gram Weight: 36.3 Grams
Metal Type: .800 Sterling Silver
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Item Measurements: The coin purse measures 4.2" in length including the chain and 2.0" wide.
Collectible Type: Coin Purse
Men's or Women's: Unisex
Notable Features:
  • Handmade during the Art Deco era
  • The purse is made out of .800 sterling silver, a popular purity of silver during this time period
  • Filigree bent and twisted by hand into the shape of a heart
  • The purse opens from the front via a hinge
Damage: Age appropriate wear. At some point in the purse's life, the chain came unattached. The purse has been photographed with the chain resting near the bale at the top to show what it would look like if it were attached properly. Your local jeweler can easily reattach the chain if desired. The price has been reduced to reflect this.
*This listing is for the item only. All display boxes and/or photography props do not come with your purchase.*The History
TheArt Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand.
800 silver, also called Coin Silver, is made from silver coins used in European countries pre-1940. During this time period, it was easier for jewelers and silversmiths to use coins that were already guaranteed at a certain purity, than using another form of silver and having to guess at the purity level.
Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads, until a final motif emerges. It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia.

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