I love the majority of Etruscan Revival jewelry due to it's simple but elegant design work. This bracelet is a classic example of the time period. The exterior rims of the approx. 1/4" wide bracelet have very, very thin un-patterned borders. The center of the bracelet has then been all hand engraved with minute curves/swirls giving the background a textured surface. Thru the center is an engraved recessed running pattern of a vine containing tiny leaves. The vine and portions of it's leaves were then filled with fired on opaque black enamel.
The gold is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, cracks, holes, nasty scratches/abrasions or repairs. That lovely engraved textured background surface is well defined and equal in appearance. The hinge is all original and is in smooth working order. The closure flange after 145 years is a hair misaligned with it's clasp box. This can be commonly found after all these years and I am only reporting it to be accurate. The bracelet closes with a nice click and definitely stays firmly closed. The security chain is original to the bracelet and is all intact with no visible repairs. If the bracelet will fit your wrist but you can't slide it over your hand you can have your jeweler add a spring ring to the security chain. Inspecting with a 10 power loupe the black enamel is in excellent condition. You can find surface only flea bites as is common. But I would have to guess that the enamel is 99.5 % there with just a couple down to base gold missing spots-just outstanding enamel condition!
This bracelet must have been a prized possession, rarely worn, as the interior contains a lovely engraved presentation that is still very readable. It is: "Clara B. Everett, from M.M.E. May 17, 1870" The bracelet has no marks as is common to the period. Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 14kt. and it weighs a total of 9.8 grams. The interior oval of the bracelet measures 2" wide x 1 9/16" tall. A beautiful Victorian bracelet in super condition perfect for that petite wrist.
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