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Late nineteenth century tortoiseshell purse.
This charming tortoiseshell purse was made in France at the end of the nineteenth century. Its exterior is decorated with gold pique work, inlaying the gold into the tortoiseshell. The interior houses its original silk lining, which includes a secure pocket for gold coins. The diminutive size of this item makes it particularly rare.
This delightful French tortoiseshell purse measures 4.5cm long, 3.5cm wide and 2cm deep. (Measurements approximate) It shows wear appropriate to its age. It has no damage and no restoration.