LOVELY DOLLS "SURPRISE" PURSE, VICTORIAN
I have here
for you a lovely antique Dolls purse which had
previously been on display in a doll collection for many years.
It is a very unusual item. One would expect it to
open and just see a purse, but as you can see from
the pictures below it actually unfolds and there are two
"pocket" compartments inside and a loop for a pencil.
So coins could be kept in one little pocket and notes -
or love letters perhaps - in the other compartment.
The pencil is missing, but it should not be too
difficult to find another slim pencil to slot into the
little loop. The silk inside is in really good
condition. It has a chain for the doll to hold.
The outside is velvet, and as this is a Victorian item,
as one would expect this item has been used and areas of
the velvet have rubbed away down to the base material.
It is particularly worn at the top edge and the bottom
edge and parts of the front. As it has wear the price is
much lower, and makes it a rather good buy!
However it is still a lovely little item, and looks
great with a doll - it does suit several sized dolls.
I think this would have originally have been an
expensive little item, as the edges are gilt metal to
protect from knocks and this gilt metal has also been
made into a shield shaped fastener at the centre front.
on first picture for a larger view.