Silver, silk moiré
Overall: 1 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 5/8 in. ( 4.8 x 7.9 x 1.6 cm )
engraved: in the reserve: "Janette Pirsson/ 1854" in script
Silver coin purse; rectangular body with chamfered corners, concave sides and raised, flat centers; all over engraving on the raised centers, geometric decoration around a rectangular reserve on the front and a floral cartouche on the reverse with geometric designs and foliate scrolls around the edges; "Janette Pirsson/ 1854" engraved in script in the reserve; wheel turned waves on the raised edge; cylindrical hinge along one side with a spring loaded clasp on the opposite side; one scalloped pocket in the center; lined with peach colored silk moiré; no maker's marks.
This coin purse belonged to Janette Pirsson, wife of Joseph P. pirsson, Jr. and the mother of Ida Pirsson, who married Henry A. Hurlbut, Jr.
Gift of Mrs. Gerard Post Herrick, 1957
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.