Dating to c.1825-1835, this marvelous late Georgian agate cabochon and pinchbeck bracelet is a rare survival in an even rarer size!
As most collectors know, bracelets of the Georgian and Victorian eras are usually small in size, but this beauty is an exception! Measuring 1 3/4" x 1" for the clasp and a full 7 1/2" wearable length, this bracelet is perfectly suited to fit a 21st-century lady's wrist!
This elegant bracelet epitomizes all that is so wonderful about the pinchbeck jewelry crafted during the 1820s and 1830s. Pinchbeck is the gold substitute invented by Sir Christopher Pinchbeck c.1720. So successful was this alloy of 87% copper and 13% zinc that the "recipe" for this alloy was kept a family secret for generations. Genuine pinchbeck boasts the color and heft of 20k gold, but does not wear through like rolled gold or gold-filled jewelry. The invention of the electroplating process in 1840 sounded the death knell for this alloy, as it was far less expensive to produce. Today, pinchbeck jewelry has become highly sought-after in its own right, and guard or muff chains command a premium, so much so that reproductions are now flooding the market!
This example has made it through 185+ years in an exquisite state of preservation, and looks oh-so-glamorous on the arm! The clasp is truly beautiful, boasting three-dimensional cast and textured leaves, crescent moons, and bead work. The large, octagonal banded agate cabochon is primarily white, with rich brown, caramel, and coffee-colored figuring. The body of the bracelet measures 1 1/4" wide, and wrought from is pinchbeck mesh, the edges of which are "double-faced" on the reverse - a feature rarely seen in these pinchbeck jewels!
This bracelet has made it into the 21st-century in excellent, intact condition, and best of all, you do not have to have a tiny wrist to wear this beauty! (I have a 6 3/4" wrist, and this bracelet slides halfway up my forearm!) The box-style clasp is in perfect working order. Weighing in at 25.56 grams, this bracelet is ultra-comfortable on the arm, and makes a superb statement! The neutral tones of the agate ensure that this jewel will harmonize with almost any outfit, and what a history!
If you love the finest in Georgian jewelry but have been frustrated by the petite size of most bracelets, this robust example belongs on your arm and in your collection! It would also make a thoughtful gift for any lady who is fond of historic jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this lovely example; layaway is not available on this item, but I do not expect to find another, it is priced for quick sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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