One of my favorite types of jewelry is Etruscan Revival due to it's simple but elegant engraved design work. This bracelet is a lovely example of the design work from the 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 a background of minute curves/swirls giving it a textured surface. Thru the center of both the front and back halves is an identical engraved pattern of a stripe with somewhat partial fleur-de-lys ends that has been overlaid with three large flaring leaves.
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 140 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. The interior of the bracelet has some un-even surface-light indentation lines and pin point size indentations. Evidently the bracelet was worn with other jewelry that slide under it. The un-even interior didn't bother us as it contains no cracks or holes and no one sees it when the bracelet is worn!
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 9.3 grams. The interior oval of the bracelet measures 2 1/16" wide x 1 5/8" tall. A lovely Victorian bracelet in great condition perfect for that petite wrist.
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