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Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures
Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures
Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures
Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures
Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures
Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures
Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures
Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures
Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures

Rare Antique French 800 (nearly sterling) Silver Purse, Hand Bad, Griffin Figures

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Superb & rare antique French hallmarked .800 (nearly sterling) silver evening hand bag or mesh purse, fabulous condition with ornate frame including winged griffin or gryphon figures!  Isn't this one gorgeous!  These old silver purses were more of an English thing so it's quite rare to find one with French hallmarks.  Amazing in every respect, the mesh itself quite intricate and the frame is, simply put, exquisite.  Heavy also, thick old French silver.  The tiny boar's head hallmark designates it as being in .800 or finer silver content so it's just under the .925 standard for "sterling" silver.  The silversmith mark, also tiny but legible, is for Alexandre Vaguer, Paris circa 1884-1890s.  A gorgeous piece, don't miss it!

Very good to excellent condition.  I see no links in the mesh missing or damaged, quite impressive given its age, etc.  No damage to note, just a stunning old purse.  See pictures for measurements.