This is a lovely sterling silver buckle bracelet, fully hallmarked, for 1884. It is very difficult to measure the size of these bracelets as they are, of course, curved, but this one is for 6 and 3/4 inches to 7 inches. It fits my six inch wrist with plenty of room to spare, so it may well be over 7 inches. I measured it the best way I could. This bracelet is in excellent shape, with a good sturdy clasp and safety chain. The band itself measures 1 inch wide, and the bracelet weighs 34.33 grams. The hallmarks declare that this bracelet is British Silver (Sterling), minted in Birmingham , England in the year 1884, from the maker R.J.D. Most of you probably know that the buckle was a motif often used in Victorian jewelry. The best explanation I have been able to find for this is that Queen Victoria, as head of the Royal Order of the Garter, was too shy to wear her garter on her leg, so she wore it on her arm, and her subjects emulated her by creating buckle jewelry. This piece is a nice example of the period.
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