What a wonderfully crafted sterling filigree color change 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 paste crystal placed in the center panel. This stone vacillates from aqua to amethyst depending on the light source. The filigree and etching are not only found on the front of the panels but the sides and clasp lock as well.
This bracelet measures approximately 6 ½ inches in length by 5/8 inch in width (at the widest point) and will fit an average to slightly smaller wrist. Bracelet has quite an innovative design used for the clasp. There is an engraved lock that flips open and a single bar that pulls out and is used to put it on and take off. In other words, the bar pulls out once to get it on your wrist. Once on, you push the extension back into its housing and then close it by swinging the lock over into its closed position. Please see photographs for more information. The clasp is extremely tight and secure when worn. On the inside of this lock is the hallmark and backstamp which reads ‘Esemco’ on the left and ‘Sterling’ on the right.
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 very nice condition with crisp details and delightful filigree.
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 Sterling Filigree Color Change Paste Bracelet Esemco
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