This wonderful Lion Bracelet was produced by the B&B or, Bates and Bacon Company. They were a fine jewelry company that was located in Attleboro, Mass. The company was in business from 1856-1943. They produced very nice jewelry and in addition were also leaders in design with many patents for attachments, bales etc.
The Lion.. Symbolizes the power of God and guards the tomb against evil spirits. Like other guardians, the lion's watch is as eternal as the stone of which it is depicted. The lion also recalls the courage and determination of the souls that they guard; they manifest the spirit of the departed. This bracelet was extremely well made. The interlocking links are of excellent quality. The head of the Lion is very 3 dimensional. He has 3 paste stones in his face. He has one paste in each eye, and a paste in his mouth. This style of the placement of stones in the eyes and mouth was very common and on higher end pieces, diamonds and other gems such as rubies were used. The center medallion is pierced around the Lion's head and has great open work design. All of the adjoining links are very detailed and have a raised design. At the center of each link there is a flower. Around each flower there is a stylized scallop design, which has all been, hand etched in the recessed areas.
Measurements, Metal Condition and Circa... The bracelet has a wall height of 1 full inch at the tallest measurement. The links all measure a hair Over 1/2" tall. The bracelet measures the Perfect 7 1/8" long. The bracelet is rolled gold. When I picked the piece up I thought it was solid gold. It is rolled however it sure looks great! This piece clearly has not been worn much at all. There is no gold loss to any of the links. Each link is joined with rolled gold pins that allow the links to move, smooth as silk. The center medallion is Gold Filled and shows a wee bit of age, particularly to the back on the inlaying area, which absolutely does not distract. There are no dings or dents. The squeeze tongue clasp is very nice and extra secure. The bench jeweler who produced this piece paid amazing attention to detail as he even decorated the portion you squeeze together with small flowers. You have to squeeze both sides of the clasp to open it. Originally there were 2 small stand up findings that a safety chain would have attached to. They were not simply soldered on. They screwed in. One is missing. I believe a second finding, or O ring can be added if you so desire. It really is quite safe as is. I thought about simply removing the remaining piece but decided against it. I will leave this decision to the new owner. The paste.. The mine cut paste in his mouth has great sparkle. The paste in his eyes have slightly darkened. The bracelet is American, Made in Massachusetts and is Circa 1880. It is of the Victorian Period however has an Art Nouveau feel. Really a terrific piece! Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
Please Note: There is little to No gold loss to the links. My camera played tricks with the light.
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Antique Figural Rolled Gold Lion Link Bracelet with Paste ~ Victorian Period