This amazing bracelet is so rare that Rich has never seen it before in his 40 years of being a dealer. The top of the bracelet opens to reveal two photo locket compartments. The lid to the locket contains a wonderful poppy floral motif with high dimension, fabulous detailing and three collar mounted diamonds, one in the center of each poppy. The entire exterior band of the bracelet has five large daisies? and scrolling leaf motif with the three center daisies each having a collar mounted round chrysoprase cabochon as their center.
The gold is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, chomps or deep scratches. On one of the rims of a high petal there is a tiny wear spot like an indent line. It measures less than 1/16 inch long and with a 10 power loupe you can see that approximately 1/32 inch of it is a line shaped hole. When you open the bracelet you can see on the interior slide mechanism where the bar meets the flange a new or repaired solder joint. On the inside rim of the bracelet that fits against your wrist you can see an approximate 1/8 x 3/32 inch spot of gold solder. It is flat against the bracelet and will not be seen or felt when the bracelet is worn. We can only assume it has something to do with an old repair to the hinge.
The bracelet closes with a good click and stays firmly closed. The hinge on the locket appears to be all original and is in smooth working order. The photo rims for the locket compartments appear to be the originals, fit firmly and stay in place. If you remove them to put in your own photos do so only one at a time. You need to reinsert them in the exact same position as during this time period they were handcrafted to fit their own individual photo compartments. The current photos of the locket have a form of thin plastic sheet as their covers. Both the diamonds and chrysoprase gemstones are firmly seated, appear to be the originals and without any form of damage. The diamonds are 5 points each and the chrysoprase cabochons are just a hair under 1/8 inch in diameter.
There is no doubt that the locket is original to the bracelet as you can see by the way it was manufactured in viewing photo # 6. My personal opinion is that this was an expensive and special order item from the manufacture. Floral motif lockets came in a variety of different flower types. You would choose and then order your favorite flower locket attached to the base bracelet. This would explain the combination of poppies and daisies, the combination of diamonds and chrysoprase and the fact that Rich has never seen it before. The interior of the locket, on both the lid compartment and the bottom compartment that is original to the bracelet band, contain a makers hallmark of a hexagon with the capital R in it's center. There is also a 14 kt. mark on the flange of the slide closure mechanism. The bracelet weighs 30.3 grams of 14 kt. gold.
The interior oval of the bracelet when closed measures 2 1/2 inches long by 2 1/16 tall. When the slide mechanism is fully extended the bracelet measures 2 3/4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. A fabulous and rare Art Nouveau bracelet in super condition for your collection.
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