Dating to c.1882, this bracelet represents the Holy Grail for collectors of Victorian love token jewelry, and is a wearable treasure!
The fashion for engraving personal sentiments on coins to be worn as bracelet charms dates back to the 1870s, but 99.9% of these bracelets are crafted in silver, and the coins used for this purpose are usually American dimes or British threepence pieces. I am thrilled to present the only complete love token bracelet I have ever discovered in my 25+ years as a collector, dealer and scholar of antique jewelry made from high-karat gold and American gold dollars!
Measuring 2 5/8" inside diameter, 2 1/2" inside diameter, and 4 mm wide, this American treasure boasts 10 love tokens, nine crafted from 22k gold American one dollar coins, and one from a 14k rose gold charm, all with different engravings! Each coin is securely attached with gold loops and jump rings to its original 14k rose gold charm bracelet, which is of hollow but sturdy construction. Best of all, this treasure has survived the past 131 years in all-original, intact condition! The four of the dollar coins measure 13 mm in diameter, and five measure 15 mm in diameter. This bracelet is small but oval in shape, and will comfortably fit up to a 6 1/2" wrist.
The nine dollar coins retain the original "heads" or "tails" of the coins on one side, which allows one to see the coins as minted, and all of the coins are still beautifully crisp and readable! The four smaller coins (Type 1 Liberty head) date from 1849-1854, while three of the larger coins are Type 2 small Indian heads (minted from 1854-1856), and two are Type 3 large Indian heads (minted from 1856-1889). The coins with visible dates are from 1853, 1862 (Civil War!), and 1873. The tenth token is 14k rose gold, and is engraved on both sides. Additionally, these coins have NOT been drilled; they have had 22k loops attached so as not to deface the coins - a real plus!
Here are a list of the inscriptions, which are a story unto themselves: we have "Ma," Pa," "Baby G.," "E.S.L." and the date "'82" in elegant script, and the intertwined monograms "S.G.," "D.J.," "I.G.," "M.G," "J.G.," and "B.O." The fact that five of the coins carry the last monogram of "G" (not to mention the possibilities of "Ma and Pa") indicate that this is a family jewel in the truest sense, and that is was made for a young lady of wealth and fashion to commemorate her large family and closest friends. SO ROMANTIC!
I expect that this bracelet began its long life as a family project for a young lady in the late 1870s, with coins added on special occasions, but as the only date we have is 1882, it is likely that this is the date when the bracelet was completed. This is absolutely the most important and wearable American love jewel I have ever come across, and it is in museum-quality condition; none of the coins are bent or clipped, and the bracelet is free from damage or repairs! The only sign of visible wear is a minuscule dimple to the surface of the top of the bracelet measuring 3 mm; this is perfectly acceptable in a high-karat bracelet of this age and construction, and does not affect the appearance nor the value of this important jewel, and I mention it only for complete accuracy. Otherwise, it is as fresh today as it was when it graced the wrist of our sentimental young lady in 1882; it even retains its original 14k safety chain!
Weighing in at 23.35 grams of 14k and 22k gold (17.5 grams estimated at 22k), this bracelet represents a fine investment opportunity as well as a delightfully wearable example of the rarest form of love token jewelry! It looks enchanting on the wrist, and is suitable for day or evening wear. If you collect the ULTIMATE in love token bracelets, this masterpiece belongs on your wrist and in your collection! It would also make the holiday gift of a lifetime for that special lady fond of the finest in Victorian jewelry. This bracelet will be shipped in a gift box suitable for storing or giving. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind American beauty; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority shipping is FREE!
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