This fabulous, vintage Egyptian scarab clamper bracelet was made by Thomas Fattorini, Ltd. According to his website, these Egyptian Revival items were commissioned by the London Times newspaper, originally for sale at the British Museum, London, during the Tutankhamun Exhibition in 1972. The set included a pectoral scarab necklace (not included) as well as this matching cuff bracelet. They were are designed with gilt metal and blue, green and orange cold enamel, which highlight the faux lapis lazuli scarab centerpiece. This quite rare statement piece is an heirloom collectible!
This book piece is featured in the book "Classic American Costume Jewellery volume 2" by Jacqueline Rehmann.
Measurements: The cuff is approximately 2.4 in wide by 2 in. tall with a pin latch. It fits a medium sized wrist. The scarab is 2.25 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide. It is a substantial 3.8 ounces.
Condition: The bracelet is in overall very good vintage condition. There are spots of metal wear to the bottom back edge of the cuff (where there has been contact with surfaces while wearing) and a bit on the top edge as well. There are some scuffs to the enameling on the back side. The bracelet has some areas where you expect enamel and there is none - this seems to be part of the cuff design, per that pattern of unenameled areas on the few other examples of this bracelet research showed. .Please review all photographs carefully, as they are an important part of the description.
Marked: The back inside of the cuff is stamped "Thomas Fattorini Ltd, Regent Street, Birmingham I."
Company History: Reference: The company was founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini, an Italian speaking immigrant, in Yorkshire England. The Regent Street factory in Birmingham began operating in 1927; it supplies campaign medals and badges of honour (such as knighthoods and OBEs) to the British government. The company is still run by the Fattorini family. Visit the Fattorini website for further information.
Vintage Egyptian scarab clamper bracelet by Thomas Fattorini - Rare!