I am a small private dealer with a love for small decorative items predominantly from the Georgian and Victorian periods each with their own beauty. A beauty that is not always expected. Below are some of my favourite finds and past sales from Etsy where I have been trading for the last 7 years.
This beautiful little wallet/purse is of such beautiful quality made from what appears to be crocodile skin with a soft tan leather interior and carries a wonderful silver mount. The mount is cut out from sterling silver and carries iconic Art Nouveau Motifs of plants and flowers with wonderful whiplash stems. The silver hallmarks show that it was assayed in Birmingham in 1900-1901, as well as the letter 'F' denoting it as imported silver and of course the makers mark for German maker Ludwig Krumm. Ludwig Krumm became Goldfield & Co famous for the quality leather goods and indeed supplied all the bags for the Dior Collection of 1956.
Inside the wallet there was tucked into the back compartment five photographs which look like they date to the same age as the wallet and I think portray 3 sisters and their mother.
Width Open 11.5cm
Width Closed 6cm
The Three MusCATeers has clarified that the Art Nouveau Ludwig Krumm Wallet & Photos it Held Safely (LA434387) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1900-1901
The wallet is in good condition but has been used. There has been a spill at some time in its life in the interior which has left a small stain it has also taken some of the dye from the front of the wallet too. The silver is also somewhat tarnished with age.