These two excavated coin purse frames are constructed of brass and were recovered from Harrison's Landing in Charles City County, Va. Harrison's Landing is located along the James River where General George McClellan camped during the summer of 1862 after the battle of Malvern Hill. The frames are from two separate purses with the top example measuring approximately 1-1/2 x 3 inches and the bottom example measuring approximately 2-1/4 x 3-1/2. The bottom example is marked "Brevete" which translates from French to English as "Patented". A crude iron example of an excavated purse frame can be found in "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch on page 44, item #1. A similar example of the lower purse frame can be found in "Civil War Artifacts of the Western Campaigns" by Charles S. Harris on page 205. These excavated coin purse frames were acquired directly from the digger's immediate family and the display case and label will be included. The purse frames will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War campsite or general relic collection.
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