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Purse

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1850-51 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamels on copper, silver and gold foils, glazed cotton, gilded mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Eric Hervey

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.791-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The front purse mount is of enamel on copper, decorated with a view of the Crystal Palace surrounded by an oval ring of opalescent glass beads, the whole framed by scrolled decoration of stamped silver and gold foils. Some of the silver foil stamped work is infilled with translucent green enamel. The decoration is coated with a final clear layer of enamel. The back mount is also enamel on copper decorated entirely with scrolled decoration of stamped silver and gold foils with some infilling with translucent green enamel, on a dark ground. The purse itself is made of red glazed cotton. The purse is mounted in gilded metal frames.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

ca.1850-51 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Enamels on copper, silver and gold foils, glazed cotton, gilded mounts

Object history note

From a group of Crystal Palace memorabilia which belonged to Gerald Smedley Hervey, MBE.

Historical context note

Coin purse

Descriptive line

Purse, probably French, ca.1850-51. The red glazed cotton purse has two enamelled copper mounts, the whole within a gilded metal frame. Decorated with a view of the Crystal Palace surrounded by a ring of opalescent glass beads and scrolled decoration of stamped silver and gold foils, some infilled with translucent green enamel.

Materials

Enamel; Silver; Gold; Cotton

Categories

Great Exhibition; Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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