METAL IN PURSE BODIES of GEORGIAN ERA PURSES
WIRE SCREEN WITH PETIT POINT GEORGIAN / REGENCY PURSE
Rare examples of metal wire screen Georgian Era Purses. It is easy to fall in l silk petit point designs in these small purses,
Metal Wire & Fiber combinations in Regency Era Bags and purses
Georgian and Regency purses often have wire and fiber constructions. When the wire is darkened it is most likely oxidized (tarnished Silver). Later Victorian bags did not use solid metal wire. They wrapped a fine wire around a thread core.
Antique Purse Condition
Collecting does not always require perfection. I have enjoyed museums more when I am lucky enough to see an exhibit featuring repairs.
PINCHBECK METAL FRAME 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.