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PURSES HANDBAGS

Material:  Sterling Silver

Size:  Frame Width ~ 7 & 1/2 inches
         Depth; Clasp to Purse Bottom ~ 6 inches,
         Overall Length; Top Hdle to Bottom Purse ~ 14 & 7/8 inches
         Handle ~ apx 18 inches = 9 inch drop
Marks:   Sterling + Butterfly hallmark
Maker:  Ernst Gideon Bek
Origin:  Germany
Date:  1907 - 1911

Quantity:  1

This is an exceptionally nice and certainly larger size antique all sterling silver Edwardian purse, c. 1907-11.  (see detailed measurements above)


The substantial frame is embellished with an ornate hand engraved Art Nouveau floral motif and kiss closure.

The long chain link handle is a fancier and not often seen variation of the paper clip style, featuring three oval links, between each elongated link.  The high quality mesh is fine and smooth; no lining.


The purse was manufactured in Germany by Ernst Gideon Bek, Inc.  Per Rainwater's book, Encyclopedia of Silver Manufacturers, this company manufactured high end sterling, gold and platinum mesh bags, which were sold in the US exclusively by the New York firm of Binder Bros.


Hallmarked inside frame, below closure; Sterling, along with the Butterfly insignia for Ernst Bek.  Opposing frame hand engraved in a beautiful period script;  Frances E. Mariner.

It is a nice substantial bag, weighing a considerable 7.22 troy ounces.


This purse is in exceptionally nice estate condition.  We examined the links with a magnifying glass and believe that every single link remains securely in place around entire frame perimeter, even at hinges, where the links are tight and very close up around the hinge.  There is definitely no large gap between hinge and links, as is commonly seen on old mesh bags.  In the body of the purse there may be a minor loose link or two; it is difficult to tell because each link is interlinked with at least four others, so if one becomes loosened it is not easily discernable.  Hinges operate very well, as does clasp, which aligns well and snaps securely shut.  All parts appear to be original.
 

The Bek Company was noted for producing high end, very good quality sterling, gold and platinum bags and this purse certainly stands as a fine example.  It is extremely well made, with great attention to detail, form and function, as well as aesthetics.


This sterling silver purse is a nice, harder to find large, very usable size, with a convenient longer handle.  With very little care this lovely bag will easily last another 100 years.

Very Large Ornate Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Motif Purse Handbag

$ 495.00

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Very Large Ornate Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Motif Purse Handbag
Very Large Ornate Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Motif Purse Handbag
Very Large Ornate Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Motif Purse Handbag

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