67 Georg Jensen London Heavy Solid Sterling Silver Bangle Bracelet
GJLtd SILVER BANGLE
Very Heavy Solid Sterling Silver Hinged Bangle by the World Famous Georg Jensen, decorated half way around the bangle and complete with safety chain.
Condition - This bangle is in Very Good Condition, No Dents or Damage, the decoration is very crisp, the hinge and catch are both working perfectly, the bracelet opens with ease and clicks tightly shut and the silver hallmarks are still legible. As this is a used vintage bangle it does some extremely minor surface marks and wear from use. GJLtd - Makers Mark For Georg Jensen Danish manufacturer & importer, New Bond Street, London so this piece was actually made by George Jensen in Denmark, and then shipped to London for Sale. Size and Weight - It measures approx 17cm/6.7inches inner circumference x 1.6cm wide and weighs approx 34grams/1.19ounces. Will fit a small wrist 6 inches or smaller. Please note the box in photos is not included.
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GEORG JENSEN 1866 - 1935
The Arts & Crafts Movement 1880 - 1914
Lion Passant - For Sterling Leopards Head - London Assay Mark M - Date Letter for 1967 - 1968 GJLtd - Makers Mark For Georg Jensen Danish manufacturer & importer, New Bond Street, London Size and Weight - It measures approx 17cm/6.7inches inner circumference x 1.6cm wide and weighs approx 34grams/1.19ounces.
Date markings are often an area of confusion. The standard marks are well documented, with the exception of one; a plain 'sans serif' GI which dates to the early 1930s (and not the early 1900s as many sellers will often claim - the GI used then was either 'serif' i.e. simply put, it had twiddly bits on the letters, and was often intertwined, or was plain, i.e. sans serif, but surrounded by a circle of dots). The GI mark I speak of always appears simply as two plain letters, with no decoration or encircling.
You will also see contradictions in terms of silver grade and date mark. Jensen started out using 826 and subsequently 830 grade silver which did not attract as much tax as the purer and more widely used European standard of 925, but they progressively moved to the 925 standard during the 1920s. Perversely, largely because it is the oldest output from the factory, but also because it has a noticeably nicer, warmer color, this lower grade silver, while technically less valuable in pure scrap terms, is usually much more desirable to the collector.
You may often see pieces with a later date letter (I've seen as late as the 1933-44 mark with a UK hallmark fairly late in that period) carrying an earlier 830 silver grade stamp. This arose because the smithy (and remember, as unromantic as it seems, it was a factory, not an artistic community per se) used to make components in batches, but not all of them would be used when they did a production run of a specific item, say a necklace.
The remainder would be left in a drawer or cupboard somewhere, often only resurfacing after many years when they would be incorporated into the next production run. So it was simply a legal requirement that the factory had to stamp the piece to indicate that some or all components were made of a lesser silver grade than what was by then a truly European-wide standard of 925, but they would still carry the correct date of assembly for the item itself (Jensen pieces often consist of a surprisingly large number of individual components!).
On the other side of the coin, the 925 stamp is also a good guide. For example, where sellers claim the GI mark noted above to be 'from the early 1900s', the presence of a 925 stamp will affirm its actual manufacturing date to be later than the early 1920s....in the case of the 'sans serif' GI mark, this would be 1930s as mentioned (exact start and end dates for this mark are unclear but it was apparently only used for 2-3 years).
You will also sometimes see what seems to be an actual date, e.g. 1919 or 1920, in a stamped box on a few pieces. This is exactly what it appears to be and was a device used by the factory occasionally during the very early years, so don't be put off by its appearance.
Finally, if you are lucky, you may see a piece that carries the mark 'GJ Ld' and a UK silver hallmark, in addition to the factory markings. The first simply means that it was imported by Georg Jensen Limited, the Bond Street store (now relocated I believe),GEORG JENSEN 15 NEW BOND STREET, LONDON W1S 3ST while the hallmark letter will tell you exactly what year it was imported, which will normally be fairly soon after its manufacture. It has also proven a useful marker when viewing pieces with apparently contradictory factory markings, since the UK hallmarking system is, unlike many parts of the world, rigorously and strictly enforced.