#735 - 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 with sew holes in the lower part of the frame. You sew the purse to the ring and then it snaps into the frame.  The metal lid has a repousse design of a lady's head. There frame is brass and I have not polished it but have left it up to whomever buys it to decide if they want to. This is in excellent condition for its age with a well working snap closure. Measures 2 3/16 " in diameter.