Posted 8 years ago
If you have any information at all regarding the meaning of the marks on this Chatelaine Bag, who the maker was, what era it was made, whether it's American or European, etc., I would greatly appreciate it as this piece has me totally stumped! Thanks in advance for any help!!!
I have a small collection of antique and vintage purses, and acquired this one about 20 years ago at a local estate sale. What I know about it is that it appears to be made of black wool and has lovely needlework on the front in brightly colored yarn. It has a silver frame, and a silver clip or hook is connected to the top of the frame by a hinge. I think both the frame and hook are sterling; it passes the magnet test and has a nice patina. It definitely has the look and feel of sterling.
The total length from the top of the hook to the bottom of the black wool bag is 12 inches. Overall this piece is in very nice condition.
I have spent many hours online scouring encyclopedias of antique silver maker's marks and hallmarks, but have come up with absolutely nothing.
There are 3 sets of marks stamped in 3 different locations on the silver frame:
Mark 1 is just an "M" in a serif font.
Mark 2 is "KKK," also in a serif font.
Mark 3 is in a sans serif font as shown below: