#1881 - 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 sew holes around the edge. The metal lid has a repousse floral and scroll design. There are no markings on the purse top to indicated the metal so I think that it is most likely nickel, German silver, or even silver-plated brass.  This is in excellent condition for its age with a well working snap closure. Measures 2 1/8 " in diameter.