Estate Leather Stationery Folder, LG 14k Gold Monogram, Excellent Condition
A magnificent vintage French writer's folio of the finest supple cordovan leather, lined in claret red silk moire satin that is both gusseted for stationery, etc., and has pockets for envelopes, cards, note pad. This is hard to improve upon for opulence, but the addition of a quite large and 3-dimensional monogram in 14k gold takes it off the charts, truly. Appears to have never been used, and is in remarkably fine condition. I hesitate to say 'antique' and rather think it is 1940-60, maybe earlier, but it's certainly got the look and feel of a fine antique folder/folio, and with that 14k raised gold large monogram, the pedigree to match. I'm going to add here that, having bought this as 14k, I can't quite figure out how to get a good read on it and so have not tested it to be certain. It might be 18k, instead, since it is, I believe, a French folio, and I purchased it from France, as well. But I don't see a French control mark. A very small mystery, so we'll go with 14k rather than be wrong. Isn't it just too decadent! Makes me think of fine old 5-star hotel stationery and envelopes, letters from some Expat in the 20s - Ezra Pound, the Fitzgeralds, Gertrude Stein, - Hemingway (though it's a bit upscale for him, good and true and honest as the leather is - joking with you). Don't you long for the art of the hand written letter, too? Let's keep up the art of it and the folio, too.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. I see almost no sign at all that it's been put to use, and it certainly has not been abused in the least. Likely a lovely gift when new, and one cherished and stored by the recipient. It makes me want to change my name to match the monogram. And makes me want to tuck my own embossed monogram stationery inside and write letters more often, more elegantly, and from places afar. You, too?
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