Czech bracelets from this era, circa 1920s, are exceedingly rare. The example pictured is a phenomenal example of the labor intensive construction and premium glass work involved in it's creation. From the late 1800s to the first quarter or so of the 20th, Czechoslovakia was a major producer of high quality glass, much of it utilized in the jewelry trade. Most makers were small, independently owned operations. Much of the jewelry was not signed, as the piece pictured. Clues can be gleaned from the jewelry's design, materials, construction and workmanship. I am confident that this bracelet is of Czech origin.
The centerpieces of the brasstone filigree bracelet are the three front panels. The large, top most panel has a slight curve or arch to it, following the contours of the wrist. The panel is bezel set with spectacular round glass cabochons in iridescent ruby and emerald colors. Pearlized cream colored glass cabs add accents. An applied oval medallion at top is surrounded with iridescent ruby red round glass cabs centered with a large oval glass cab in the ruby color. Brasstone acorn capped rosettes are applied at border corners at points. The reverse of this large center panel is backed with a filigree coverplate. Hinged shield shaped panels foldover end bars flanking the center panel, again following the contours of the wrist. These triangular panels are set with complementing cabs and acorn rosettes. Five flat chain links extend from each side culminating in male and female sections of the push in box clasp. Of course, to give the bracelet a finished look, the clasp is adorned with emerald green cabs centered with an acorn capped rosette. No detail has been overlooked.
The bracelet measures about 6 1/2 inches long with foldover clasp. Bracelets from this period generally had a smaller circumference. Not so with width. This bracelet maxes out at approximately 2 inches at center. It domes or profiles to about 1/2 inch. Clasp width is about 5/8 inch.
Condition of the bracelet is excellent vintage. Components original and intact. The center and side panels retain their brasstone finish. I believe the chain portions and the clasp originally had a brasstone finish. Due to contact / handling and of course age, much of the brasstone finish has worn to reveal a more silvertone base. I don't believe this age appropriate wear impacts the bracelet's value or beauty. Amazingly, all glass cabochons are intact, retaining color and iridescent glow. Pearlized cabs retain luster. There is some slight wear to a stone or two but then again, the bracelet may be approaching 100 years old. Clasp is strong and secure. No damage / no repairs.
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An outstanding vintage Czech bracelet in every way. Very Nice.
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