This wonderful dragon bracelet is listed in Straits Chinese Silver a collectors book by Ho Wing Meng, Also pictured on Susan Dods, Private Collections Bog. under Chinese Straits Silver Dragon Bracelet. According to a collector who did her homework online the book states "During the late nineteenth century large quantities of Straits Chinese silver were being fabricated in small towns in Malaya and Singapore by local Chinese silversmiths, immigrants from Mainland China."... Straits Chinese Silver is fast becoming a rarity"
The granulation or wirework detail on this dragon is stunning and was done by a master jeweler. Each piece of silver was hand twisted and applied by hand. The amount of time this must have taken is mind boggling. I have found a few on the internet and his face and cross over or bypass body is exactly the same. What sets this guy apart is that the bench jeweler put a opaline glass cab in his head and a red paste in his tail. I have not been able to find another like him.
He is in excellent antique condition with no loss. The push down clasp is in perfect working order. He is round and the inside measurements are 2 3/8" x 2 3/8". At the widest portion measuring from side of head to outside of tail is 3/4" across. At the back of the bracelet it measures 3/8". The bracelet weighs 19 grams.
If you are a collector of Straits silver I know you will be very pleased and proud to add him to your collection. I must admit, one of my favorite finds of the year.
Circa 1880 and fabulous. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
Antique Straits Chinese Silver Dragon Bracelet ~ Bangle