Antique Early Victorian Cut Steel Bangle Bracelet Raised Flowers Circa 1840
We are thrilled and delighted to offer this stunning example of polished cut steel jewelry from the middle of the nineteenth century. Of timeless appeal with its simple yet elegant design, this beautiful item can safely be worn on a special occasion when it is sure to impress with its antique sparkle. Of timeless appeal, although 175 years old it could still blend beautifully with modern day evening wear.....
This was purchased along with several other examples from an outstanding lifetime's collection of cut steel and hair jewelry. Please see our other antique examples......
Hand making items from cut steel has a vast historical past that dates way back to the 16th century. The Woodstock area in Great Britain was known for hand producing fine quality steel scissors, buckles and watch chains. As these steel goods became popular the manufacture of smaller, more decorative necklaces, brooches seemed a natural progression for this industry. During the 18th century the British exported their steel to France and later, but after the French revolution the French started to produce their own steel for jewelry making.
The art of making cut steel jewelry was time consuming and skilled. Individual tiny steel studs were hand cut with a maximum of 15 facets. Each steel stud was then individually riveted to a metal base plate. Sometimes an extra inner metal plate was also added for strength. Production of cut steel jewelry continued in Great Britain up to the end of the 19th century. But you will find a distinct decline in quality of the mass produced, later Victorian examples, when you will be lucky to find five facets per stud on the machine stamped versions.
Our gorgeous example is of a two row design with central, individually attached and stepped three flower and ribbon design. Each faceted steel stud was individually riveted to the metal alloy base plate which was then reinforced with another metal inner plate. The raised floral design is incredibly detailed and accomplished with its many different sized cut steel studs and bugle shaped steel studs. The finished ensemble creating a three dimensional effect. This cut steel bangle has its original fastener of a stud that slots in to the adjoining key hole shape to be found on the opposite side which opens and secures perfectly. It also retains its original safety chain!!
Measuring 2.25" diameter, this bangle will fit a maximum wrist circumference of 7". This is an antique item of jewelry, we would not recommend stretching it beyond this size.
Condition is excellent - this bracelet SPARKLES!!!. There are just two little stud missing in total. Age and damp is the enemy of cut steel - it will rust if stored in the wrong conditions ( please store your cut steel in tissue away from light and damp). This piece has been remarkably well looked after and cherished.
This is a superb addition to your antique cut steel jewelry collection.
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