Dating to 1850, this is an extremely rare example of early Victorian Chinese Export jewelry!
Measuring 6 7/8" wearable length, this exquisite bracelet boasts two ornate Chinese dragons holding the Pearl of the Moon between their jaws! The dragons are crafted from finely-woven silver filigree, which tests to .875 purity; during the mid-19th century, Cantonese jewelers often degraded the pure sterling alloy for strength. The heads of the dragons are wrought from stamped silver, and each dragon boasts 5 mm coral eyes! The heads of the dragons measure 1 1/2" long x 1/2" wide. The body of the bracelet consists of a 10 mm wide woven chain in both textured and plain links, imitating the scales and fluid movements of traditional Chinese dragons. But wait; it gets even better!
The manner in which this bracelet opens and closes is so ingenious! A hand-threaded screw protrudes from one end of the "pearl," and the pearl swivels in and out of the dragon's mouth, ensuring a secure fit! Weighing in at 26.16 grams, this bracelet is oh-so-wearable, and looks superb on the wrist! Rarely does early Victorian Chinese export jewelry survive into the 21st-century, but this example is in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for, and is free of damage, losses, or repairs. This bracelet has not been cleaned, and the silver has built up a fabulous age patina which only the passing of generations can impart. SIMPLY STUNNING!
If you collect the BEST in Chinese export jewelry, these dragons want to coil around your wrist and make their nest in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of antique dragon-themed jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this Chinese rarity; layaway is not available on this item, but it is priced for fast sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
I WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE From 10/5-10/25. Orders May Be Placed and Paid For, But Will Not Be Shipped Until 10/26. Thanks!