Antique Simmons gold tone metal bangle bracelet. The R.F. Simmons Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts was founded in 1873 by Robert Fitz Simmons. In 1875 Simmons along with Joseph Lyman Sweet and Edgar L. Hixon formed a partnership, each investing $2,500 in the business. These men created many amazing pieces and paved the way for many popular design elements in costume jewelry. Of the many contributions Simmons made some include first company to use a safety fastener in connection with chains and fobs in the early 1890s and the first to produce a practical lock bracelet known as the Marlow in 1899. This Simmons bracelet was made sometime in the 1880s and is composed of a fine gold tone metal which has a mesh style around the exterior of the bands. The two bands meet at a hinge and latch at a push release clasp that is very unique and is a definite testament to the age. The inside of the clasp latch is signed "Simmons" and the bracelet measures 8 1/4" in circumference and has a 2" long by 2 1/2" wide inner opening for the wrist when shut. This bracelet is still in amazing condition with absolutely no wear to the gold tone metal even though it is nearly 130 years old!