What a wonderfully crafted sterling filigree Amethyst crystal bracelet designed and created by Esemco. I would date this piece circa 1920s but it could possibly be earlier as the company started its operation in 1906.
This piece is comprised of heavily etched and filigreed sterling panels with a lovely bezel set marquis amethyst paste crystal placed in the center panel. The filigree and etching is not only found on the front of the panels but the sides and clasp lock as well.
This bracelet measures approximately 7 inches in length by 5/8 inches in width (at the widest point) and will fit an average wrist perfectly. This bracelet has quite an innovative design used for the clasp. There is an engraved lock that flips open and an extended bar that pulls out and is used to put the bracelet on and take off. When closing the clasp the bar recedes back into the housing and the lock is again closed over the button style closure. The clasp is extremely tight, secure and perfectly functional when worn. On the inside of this lock is the hallmark and backstamp which reads ‘Sterling’ on the right and ‘Esemco’ on the left on the clasp back.
Bracelets of this caliber aren’t easily found and are becoming quite scarce as there is a large group of collectors adding these wonderful pieces of history to their collections. Bracelet is in superb condition with crisp etching, delightful filigree and a clean center stone.
History: Esemco Company started producing jewelry in 1906 in Newark, NJ and subsequently changed the name to Shiman Manufacturing Co. Inc. in 1971. This company produced jewelry well into the late 1980s.
Art Deco Esemco Sterling Filigree Amethyst Paste Bracelet