PURSE MUSEUM 2  antique coin purses

PURSE MUSEUM 2  antique coin purses

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PINCHBECK METAL FRAME COIN PURSES

pinchbeck framed coin purses
pinchbeck framed coin purses

What is Pinchbeck metal

Pinchbeck is FAUX GOLD  (gold look for a budget price) made from copper and zink. It was invented in the 1700s by watch maker Christopher Pinchbeck at a time when the only gold used in jewelry and watches was 18 karat. In 1854 low carat gold became legal and replaced pinchbeck.

Pinchbeck sometimes called Gilding, was the favored metal for these small coin purse frames.  A close look at the underside, shows the beautifully hand hammered designs.

inside a Pinchbeck metal frame early 1800’s
inside a Pinchbeck metal frame early 1800’s

TASSELS & FANCY END examples on early 19th century small bags

Saving The Best For Last - Antique tassels and bead bottoms

fiber, glass, metal, and organic materials used to provide weight for purse bottoms

vicki Schwager owner: ThePurseMuseum.com