Look closely at mid- to late-Victorian (1880s or ‘90s) tintypes or photographs and you’re sure to come across women wearing bracelets like this one. The design is lovely and so typical of the Aesthetic period, with flowers, incised lines, and a pattern resembling the Greek key design. The bracelet is nickel-silver and has the silvery appearance of pewter.
The bracelet is marked nickel-silver. Its diameter is 2-1/2”, with a 1” opening at the back. Width is 1”. The pattern of the center band is somewhat worn, otherwise the bracelet is in very good vintage condition. (Another bracelet, listed separately, is shown in the last photo. That bracelet is copper with a nickel plating. Notice the difference in color.)
This bracelet harkens back to an exciting time. Women were just beginning to enter the workforce and institutions of higher learning in significant number, and affordable jewelry like this becoming popular. Interestingly, I came across two jewelry makers today who are reproducing these bracelets in sterling silver, using the original “hubs” or jewelry molds. Everything old is new again!
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