Antique Vintage Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Mesh Coin Purse Chatelaine Pendant

Antique Vintage Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Mesh Coin Purse Chatelaine Pendant

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Antique Vintage Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Mesh Coin Purse Chatelaine Pendant:

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Item Description by: Cait P.
The Piece
Age Circa: Art Nouveau C. 1890 - 1910
Markings: Unidentified Marking on the top of the purse's clasp, Tested, and Guaranteed
Country of Origin: Unknown
Brand: Unknown
Gram Weight: 30.3 Grams
Metal Type: .925 Sterling Silver
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Item Measurements: The coin purse measures 3.15" in length and 2.25" wide.
Collectible Type: Chatelaine Pendant Coin Purse
Men's or Women's: Unisex
Notable Features:
  • Handmade during the Art Nouveau era
  • The clasp of the purse features floral designs which would have been very fashionable during this time period
  • The purse has a bale which suggests it would have been worn on a chatelaine, a type of belt worn by women during this time period
Damage: Age appropriate wear.
*This listing is for the item only. All display boxes and/or photography props do not come with your purchase.*The History
The Art Nouveau era, 1890-1910, was also called "La Belle Epoque" in French, which translates to "A Beautiful Time.” This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women, and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a standard material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry.
A chatelaine is a belt hook worn at the waist with dangling chains to which practical and decorative items were attached. Chatelaines have a long history dating back to the Roman Empire and were typically worn by women as a way to carry useful items such as small notebooks, keys, watches, and many other objects of the wearer's choosing. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, it became fashionable for women to attach decorative, eye-catching items that didn't necessarily have a practical use to express their own sense of style.

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