Vintage c. 1941 Etruscan Revival brass bracelet features a central shield-like element with 6 swagged chains of stamped links to either side.
The three-tiered construction of the heart-shaped shield gives it a dimensional, domed effect. Both the shield and the oblong elements topping the halves of the tongue and groove closure are richly decorated to evoke the corded wire, filigree, and granulation characteristic of Etruscan—and Victorian-era Etruscan Revival—jewelry.
The back of the clasp halves and of the central element have a smooth, matte finish.
Etruscan-style brass jewelry became enormously popular in the United States in the very early 1940s, a trend that one newspaper ad described as “echoing the ‘Heirloom’ Renaissance in 1941 jewelry”. Ads for this type of jewelry that year enthuse that it replicated actual Etruscan designs, or was inspired by pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anything but flimsy, and offered in everything from collars and pendants to bracelets, pins, and earrings, it ranged in price from $1 to $7.50 (adjusted for inflation, from approximately $15 to $120). One ad suggested it made the perfect complement to a fall turban or black evening bag, and another explained its allure thus: “Etruscan jewelry [has long been] a source of wonder to modern craftsmen because of the skill and technique which speaks out in these elaborate pieces.”
This handsome, well-made bracelet measures 7.25” long and 1.75” width down the center of the shield. Digital weight is 47.6 grams.
Proud Member of the VFG Vintage Fashion Guild