This great bracelet is comprised of two different alternating links. A sterling square mounting with side collar rims containing an square onyx stone with beveled, curved side rims leading to a lightly curved top table (see inserts-last photo). The smaller link is a thin rectangle with a pointed top and bottom containing five small marcasites.
The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, scratches, abrasions or repairs. All of the hinges connecting the links are original and in smooth working order. They enable the bracelet to have a wonderful comfortable fit. The closure has a loud click and stays firmly closed. The bracelet has an original security chain that is stationary. If your hand is too large to slip in you can easily have a jeweler add a spring ring to the chain so it can open.
The marcasites are all intact and there. The onyx stones all appear to be the originals and are firmly seated in their double prongs. They have no chips, nicks, cracks, deep scratches or abrasions. Onyx is a form of quartz so I did find one stone with some minute fissures and brown/white color. There was also one stone with a couple of very minute flea bites and another with what appeared to be an original bottom corner buffed off measuring 1/32". None of this is noticeable unless you do an intense inspection! The closure box has the "Wachenheimer" and "Sterling" marks. The bracelet minus the closure flange measures 7 1/8" long by approx 3/8" wide.
Wachenheimer Bros. was located in Rhode Island and had a showroom on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The firm started in 1905 and existed till approx. 1934 and was known for making high quality silver jewelry. The company is probably best known for it's "Diamonbar" items and flexible bracelets with faux gems. At the end of the 20's "Wachenheimer Real Stone Jewelry" was their focus. These items contained semi-precious stones like chrysoprase, onyx, lapis and carnelian mounted in sterling. Today Wachenheimer is a desirable collectable for vintage jewelry lovers.
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