Measuring an incredible 7.5" long, this bracelet is one of the largest we have found. Most Victorian link bracelets are for smaller wrists and women with larger wrists have a tough time finding ones to accommodate them. This one has alternating oval links extending from one end to the other. These links alternate between layered ones with engraved detail and plain ones. Each link is adorned on each end with balls. The exterior beading makes this a perfect choice to be layered with a bangle or another bracelet. Clasp is an unusual hook and eye configuration. One end of the bracelet terminates with a ring which then slides over the hook on the opposite end. It is a snug fit making the bracelet securely latched.
Measures 7.5" long. 1/2" wide counting the exterior balls. All are in excellent condition.
One of the nicest, early English bracelets we have had. Definitely something for someone desiring a bracelet which is different and serviceable.
These English bracelets were produced in the 1880's by master jewelers primarily in the Birmingham and Chester regions of England. In an effort to promote this industry, Queen Victoria was frequently seen wearing numerous pieces of jewelry.
The ideology in Victorian times was that more was better. Thus, ladies would be adorned with several lockets and bracelets at one time which is why the bracelets were designed with flat sides to make it easier for them to stack and chains will be found in all lengths. This line of thinking better explains the elaborate details of the lockets, earrings, and chains. Some think of this time as being simpler, but it really was a time of lavishness. The silver jewelry was often their traveling jewelry while they would save their jewels for galas and gatherings.
These pieces were not mass produced; thus, each piece is truly a work of art. They were not made for export to the United States which makes their availability limited. Often one will see pictures of Queen Victoria wearing a locket or another bold piece of jewelry. This was deliberate as she wanted to promote the industry. She was so successful that they had to open an assay office in Birmingham. Assay offices were where the piece was impressed with a stamp indicating type of metal, year of production, and origin of production. This was certifying the piece by the Crown…somewhat similar to notarizing something today. Prior to the opening of the Birmingham assay office, the jewelry makers had to send all their wares to London for testing. Once tested, the piece would then be marked and could be sold for silver. There are books to help you identify each of these assay marks. The majority of the pieces sold were not marked as there was not a safe means to transport the items to and from the assay offices.Dimensions:
7.5" inner circumferenceCondition:
Hook and ring are in excellent condition. Ring fits snugly on hook making it very secure.Web ID:
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