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Posted 3 years ago

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I bought this a few years back in a charity shop. I'm assuming that it's a Victorian bag /purse ?

The chain is silver as is the clasp. The clasp is in working order.The cloth is velvet and the roses are pink with gold leaves

There is a hallmark of some kind on the top clip as well.

Would anybody know what exactly i bought?

Many thanks


Mystery Solved


  1. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Hi! Beautiful mount and bag :-)
    It seems the bag is lacking its handle and was further attached to a chatelaine!
    Chatelaines were intended to be worn at belt, keeping small accessories handy.
    Impossible to identify the marks from the pics, you may add better one by edit item then choose image.
    Welcome to CW!
  2. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Interesting article on CW about chatelaines:
  3. JohnG, 3 years ago
    Ktratango.. Many thanks for the link.. Very Interesting and all new to me. I'll take another photo of the hallmark and post again... It might shed some light on the time-line..

  4. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the thanks, the marks will help :-)
  5. antiquerose antiquerose, 3 years ago
    Beautiful Purse -- yes, the marks would be Nice to see !!
  6. JohnG, 3 years ago
    I managed to take a photo of the hallmark. As you can see, SJ is the main initials and there are three below. The first depicts a horse the second a bear ? and the third the letter F.

    I also loaded a pic of the clip.

  7. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Good pic, thanks!
    Maker's mark SJ, Samuel Jones registered London 1892-1916:
    Lion passant for silver purity highest
    Leopard's head for London assay office
    Letter f for London year of assay 1901
  8. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    This site has tons of hallmarks :
  9. JohnG, 3 years ago
    Many thanks for the info. Fascinating to see what you can glean from a hallmark. You would wonder to whom it belonged and how it ended up in a charity shop in Dublin Ireland..


  10. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the thanks!
    If only object could tell their story. .. ;-)
    Mystery solved?
  11. JohnG, 3 years ago
    Yes indeed! Mystery solved :-).....

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