Walter Lampl Original Sterling Silver 17 Puffy Hearts & Padlock Charm Bracelet MIB
$1,600.00 This is a wonderful example of the gorgeous prefabricated puffy heart charm bracelets made by Walter Lampl back in the late 1940s and early 50s. Estate item..MIB original box..never worn..This stunning bracelet features 17 puffy hearts and a plain spring ring padlock for the clasp. The patina is about as perfect as it gets, and makes the detail of each heart stand out. All the hearts are in excellent vintage condition with no dings or dents.
The 17 hearts include:
Three of the quintessential 'lasso my heart' charms, which feature two hearts tied together and surrounded by a sinuous rope design. The hearts have a great background with cross-hatching and tiny bubbles / circles for wonderful texture. Each charm measures 5/8" tall by 5/8" wide and is marked sterling on the back along with the traditional Lampl initials and shield.
Three of the good luck shamrock and clover charms, featuring a heart-within-a-heart surrounded by three and four-leaf clovers. The nicely detailed shamrocks even have their stems. As a finishing touch, both the inner and outer hearts have finely-beaded borders. Each one measures 5/8" tall by 5/8" wide and is marked sterling on the back along with the traditional Lampl initials and shield.
Three padlock charms. These smaller-than-average charms feature a big puffy repousse bow over a keyhole. The background of the charm contains a criss-cross pattern, adding even more detail and style. The charms have a vertical sidewall, further mimicking the real padlock clasps. These charms aren't as common as the faux padlock charms with forget-me-nots. Each faux padlock charm measures 1/2" by 1/2". They are simply stamped sterling on the back without the traditional Lampl initials and shield, which is very common with the faux padlocks on the pre-fab bracelets.
Four fancy padlocks with the key hole with two flowers and repousse fronds. Measures 1/2" by 1/2".
Three smaller hearts all with a different pattern each. These are really adorable with wonderful designs.Measure 1/2" by 3/8".
The final charm is a plain silver padlock charm. The keyhole in the center is just for show and a key is not needed to open the padlock. There is a spring ring mechanism in the hasp, and this one is in excellent working order. It operates smoothly, closes tightly, and holds firmly. The padlock measures 1/2" wide by approximately 5/8" tall including the hasp,. The padlock is used to hold the bracelet closed in lieu of a traditional clasp, although such a clasp could be added to make the bracelet a bit easier to put on, and would also add a bit of length. Marked sterling and hallmarked for Walter Lampl on the back.
The bracelet itself is a nicely embossed and sturdy single-link chain in a design that is exclusive to the Walter Lampl charm bracelets. This link is the same used on every all-Lampl bracelet I've ever come across, and I have not seen it used elsewhere. The bracelet measures 7" long by approximately 3/16" wide. Mint condition.
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