An outstanding example of silver cannetille* filigree is seen in this ornate cuff bracelet.
Five three dimensional disks cover most of the surface, they are graduated in size, all three have the same layered design.
The designs use very fine silver wire in coils, twists and tiny beads applied to domed sheet silver. The silver domes are the top tier of the disks as well as on the edges between each of the disks.
The workmanship is fabulous, very meticulous with great attention to detail. The amount of work in each disk is absolutely amazing.
Very well made and in very good condition, there are two domes on one side that have dings, they can be seen in the photo 4.
The bracelet is very flexible, it has an unpolished, dark patina.
Measures 1&1/8" wide in the front and tapers to 5/8" in the back. The disks have a diameter of 1&1/8", 1" and 7/8".
Unmarked, the bracelet tests higher than 925 sterling, probably 950.
Total weight is a hefty 39 grams, over one ounce of silver.
A fabulous example of an outstanding cannetille filigree bracelet.
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*Cannetille work was inspired by embroidery, reputedly the embroidery found in traditional peasant garments. The simple filigree tendrils that started to appear in the fashion and jewelry world around 1820 transformed into cannetille during the following decade. Cannetille is different from filigree in the way that the ornaments are 3-dimensional with some repousse work while the filigree work is primarily flat. One can find cannetille work from almost every European nation during the 1820's and 1830's.