Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a John Bryan hand crafted sterling silver flexible link bracelet c. 1955. The bracelet features an abstract design of cross plaques separated by tear drop shaped silver tubing. Each of the 5 lobed drops have a round, concave surface highlighted by bright, royal blue enamel. The sterling and enamel create a "stunning contrast in color and metal". The bracelet is 7" long X 1-1/8" wide (maximum dimension). Each plaque is connected by a loop. The back is marked "Bryan" + "Sterling". The bracelet has a simple loop clasp. The piece weighs 18 grams.
John William Bryan was born in 1897 in North Carolina. He was a journalist and teacher in New York for a time, but returned to Asheville, North Carolina in the 1950's to start jewelry crafting. It is not understood how he moved from one profession to the next. His jewelry was mostly abstract in design, as was most of the hand crafted jewelry of the time. He worked in sterling silver and enamel, as far as is known. His work was sold mostly in the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild. He died in 1982 in North Carolina.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise. This piece features enameling techniques which will show varying depths of colors that is part of the beauty of the piece.
Bright John Bryan Mid Century Enamel Bracelet c. 1955