Vintage Petite Mesh / Chainmaille Purse, Germany

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From the early decades of the 1900s, likely German, a pretty chainmaille / metal mesh purse, with a delicate floral design on the frame, and a nicely detailed design at the bottom. Unmarked but probably has silver content, perhaps German silver? The only condition note to mention, besides some overall age to the metal, is the single missing metal bead from one of the elements at the fringed bottom. Measures 4.75″ in length, and 3″ across at the frame section (a bit wider at the bottom). The chain strap has about a 6″ drop.

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