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Antique Art Nouveau German Silver Frame and Black Silk With Fringe Purse, c. 1880

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Antique Art Nouveau German Silver Frame and Black Silk With Fringe Purse, c. 1880

Magnificent art nouveau woman has her hair flowing out in long curly tendrils across the top frame as it meets the equally sinewy lines of the tulips on either side of her head. Both sides of the frame bear the same visage. Original green silk lining bears two individual gathered pockets. Gorgeous silk moire creates the soft and light bag. Fine little silk twist fringe, 6 long from bag, is stitched down decoratively on each side. Original patina may be polished if ywist fringe, 6 long from bag, is stitched down decoratively on each side. Original patina may be polished if you so choose. This does not hurt the value of the bag. I recommend Haggertys. Bag measures 8 by 8. 6 1/2 drop to chain handle. No damage, odors, or shattering of the fabrics. Many ask what is German Silver. The short version? It is neither purely German nor is it silver. It is a metal amalgam invented by the Chinese well prior to the 1500s. It proved to be superior to work with and less expensive to produce. It is also known as alpacca, nickel silver, paktong, argentan.......Shall I bore your further? What it does not do is rust, much like the sterling it mimics. No matter what you call it, this divinely light bag has the face that exemplifies art nouveau and its desire for going with the flow. Now to let your hair down the same way! read more