These early 1900s Carmen bracelets are enchanting, with their ornate expansion ~S~ shaped links and the bright oval tops that allow you to put a sweetheart's name or initials. This old beauty is blank...no monogram as they usually have...so you can add your own.
Made in heavy goldplate, this bracelet has a design that's more unusual than most. This top has a decorative wider oval with repousse beadwork edging, floral sides, and an openwork frame. The top measures 2 inches across by 1 inch wide.
The bracelet has several markings...D.F.B. CO. (of Attleboro, Mass.), CARMEN, PATENTED, and '14', probably for the plating.
The expansion band has relaxed over the years but in this case, it's a good thing as most were small to begin with. Now this will fit an average wrist comfortably...a 6 to 7 inch wrist would find this to be a fine fit.
The goldtone patina is still bright and gleaming. The bracelet shows minimal signs of age but no notable flaws to mention. Overall, it's as good as can be for a true 'golden oldie'. Whose name would you engrave in the center?
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Old 1900s CARMEN Sweetheart Expansion Bracelet