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RARE Antique Micro Mosaic Bracelet Clasp, Hair Armband - Unique, Victorian Treasure
A bit of an unusual piece, this. It's actually an 'armband' meant to be worn on the upper arm as a decoration at the joint of a Victorian gown sleeve where the puffed top meets the slim lower portion, approximately 2-4" above the elbow. These were made and work in matching pairs, and gave an added decorative change to a gown. The one you see here does not have a mate, and is by itself as shown, but is a lovely old one that can be worn now as an armband or perhaps as a bracelet, though it's certainly going to be one or a larger wrist unless adjusted down in size. The sides that anchor the woven chestnut hair are hinged to the centerpiece into which a beautiful old micromosaic plaque is well set and preserved. There is not a bracelet-like insert clasp; the stretching quality of woven hair allows for adjustment to a size at least 9" or somewhat larger if pulled more tightly. One could certainly remake this with a lovely black velvet ribbon in place of the hair and use as a choker, or have your jeweler attach a chain or two for use as a bracelet to fit your wrist. A unique piece for the collector and a wonderful one to make over into the jewelry you want it to be.
Very good condition, no breaks on the mosaic plaque, perhaps a very tiny little disruption to the woven hair but not much at all, if any - appears to have not ever been worn, really. Circa mid-1800s it's in remarkably good condition for age and type.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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