#382 - Tam O'Shanter Purse Frame

This purse frame is for a "Tam O' Shanter" purse and probably dates from the early 1900's. Tam O'Shanters typically had a beaded or leather bottom section which was attached to the round metal purse frame.  An example of a Tam O'Shanter purse can be found for sale here.  Patterns for these purses can be found in some of my reproduction purse patterns booklets, specifically in the Martha Washington, Corticelli Silk Purses and the Home Needlework 1901 booklets. This frame has a ring in the lower part of the frame. You sew the purse to the ring and then use pliers to bend little metal triangles down to hold the ring in place. I appears that this frame has never been used.  The metal lid has a repousse design of the fhead of an Art Nouveau lady (water nymph?) surrounded by water lilies.  There are no markings on the purse top to indicated the metal so I think that it is most likely nickel, German silver, or silver-plated brass. The inside of the metal lid is marked "Pat Dec 15 03" (that is 1903, of course). This is in excellent condition for its age with a well working snap closure. Measures 2 1/4 " in diameter.