I am thinking about purchasing a mono french purse as I need a smaller wallet. I did the search before starting this thread but I couldn't seem to get the answer to my question. If you can point me out to the existing thread(s), that would be great as well. For those of you who use a french purse for a long time and/or use it often, how does the brass hold up over time? Does it have a lot of visible scratches (esp. around where the opening of the coin compartment is)? Does the brass get tarnished over time? Thanks. Alternatively, I am also thinking about Alexandra wallet. Do you have any experience with this wallet? Thanks again.