Circa 1880, this Etruscan Revival Victorian bracelet features thin strands of braided wire, capped with ornate orbs featuring 6 rose cut, bezel set garnets and intricate cannetille and bead work on the top. The orbs are left without gems and wirework on the bottom, a nice design feature for comfort when wearing. The bracelet is in very good antique condition. The gold gilt finish is lovely, with age appropriate patina and light wear. The gilt is worn a bit in places and reveals what appears to be a coppery metal beneath it. These worn spots do not detract from its beauty. The only other issue is a slight “crimping” in the back where the bracelet would have been twisted to put it on. The weaving is unbroken, which is unusual in this type of bracelet and a real plus for comfort when worn.
As with most bracelets from this era, it is constructed to fit a smaller wrist and is indeed quite tiny. It conforms to the shape of a lady’s wrist and is oblong. Wearable inside measurement is 5 1/2" from inside ball to inside ball on the inside, the measurement is only inclusive of the woven part of the bracelet.
Woven band is 3/8" wide and ball caps are 3/8” in diameter.
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