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Amazing metal purse, with a picture of Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris and covered with illustrative hieroglyphs, typical of French Egyptian revival of the late 19th century.

The external case is a yellow metal with occasional green and reddish stains (indicating brass). The letters JRC Breveté SGDG  is embossed at the clasp. JRC is probably the jeweller name and the rest is a standard indemnity stamp used from 1844 to the mid 20th.

The picture is under glass and is hand drawn and painted and shows the Église de la Sainte-Trinité, a Roman Catholic church located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. The church is a building of the Second Empire period, built between 1861 and 1867 which indicates this would be made as a souvenir not long after.
The oval frame around the picture has some obvious dents.

The clasps all work well. The interior is blue fabric which is a bit dusty. There are 4 pockets, one with an additional foldover clasp. 

Measures 3.1x2x.7" or  8x5.5x2 cm

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Antique French Egyptian revival metal purse. La trinité church, Paris.

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