A delightful antique Tibetan leather Chuckmuck purse with flint striker. Ornamented on the front and reverse with silver metalwork and silver and brass stud mounts. The top has a suspension hoop to allow it to be hung from a strap and this is inset with coral and ornamented with silver. A great piece with a lovely usage patina.
Purses such as this also tell a story. Silver studs, plaques and buttons were often removed from purses to be sold or bartered with. On the reverse of this case some studs have been removed long ago, probably to strike a deal or to free up some much needed revenue.
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Material: Leather, Tibetan Silver & Coral
Size: 5.1 inches x 3.9 inches x 1.1 inches
Age: 19th Century