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Antique Floral Seed Bead Bracelet Handmade 1800s
Antique floral seed bead bracelet handmade 1800s. The hand woven seed beads used in the making of this bracelet are the tiniest I've ever seen. Without spending a great deal of time, I've counted at least 16 different colored beads as well. I've included a photo of a swatch of bead work and cloth from a Schiffer collectors guide that makes mention of the large variety of colors available during this time. The beads that give some sparkle around the center of the varying flowers are gold. Too tiny to test, but with the couple lose ones I've looked at with a loupe they are much too small to be rolled, and are no doubt a low karat solid gold. The tongue and groove clasp ends are just over 1.5 inch wide. Back of the bead work is black fabric.
This is truly an unusual bracelet of preserved hand-work from the Victoria/Albert mid 19th century. In fact, I've exhausted my reference guides and found none like it. With the opening of the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace, designed by Albert, hundreds of displays featured items from around the world. The Art-Journal Illustrated Catalogue made comment of the new styles , including "the taste for floral ornament in jewelery."
I would think this is too fragile to repair with beading, but the ends of each strand could be lightly glued, and antique tapestry or some other fabric could be hand stitched into the areas missing beads. That would make an attractive bracelet as well. Most likely though, this would be best in a museum or personal collection.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Goldtone, Multicolor, Size: M
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