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Antique Mother Of Pearl Clam Shell Miniature Purse - Attic and Barn Treasures

Antique Mother Of Pearl Clam Shell Miniature Purse

$ 24.00

This is truly a lovely and special keepsake or souvenir. Imagine this dainty mother of pearl purselet dangling from the wrist of a young lady on her honeymoon or perhaps it was given to her by her father for her coming out. We wish this beautiful item could tell it's tale! 

Oval matched mother of pearl shells are hinged to open and close with a kiss clasp. Metal edging around all edges. Two loops are attached (one on either side) to accommodate a chain (not included).

A very special gift for her as a part of her collection or to use as a presentation "box" for her jewelry gift.

We suppose that this was originally used for carrying a folded up perfumed hankie or other small toiletry items such as a lipstick or rouge. We have also found reference to these being used as a means of carrying ladies snuff. 


Beautiful patina on both the shell and metal edges. The kiss clasp closes tightly and the hinge is intact. No cracks or damage to the shell is seen. There is a slight dent in the outside edge of the metal (shown in photos). 

Please contact us with any questions you may have. 


~ Measurements: 3” long x 1-¾” at widest x 1-1/16” thick.

~ Polished mother of pearl shell (matched halves) with coated metal (possibly silver plate) edging, hinge, clasp and bails. The edge is affixed to the shell by a glue type material. 

~ Color ranges from iridescent white, to off white to slight gray. The blue you see in the photos is a reflection.

~ No markings were found on the metal as to determine the composition of the metal nor to determine the maker or era made. 

Your purchase will include the item as shown in the photos. Any props used in the photos are not included.

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