From their Crystal Cameo Collection, circa 1970s, Whiting & Davis Co. produced some of the most prized etched / frosted intaglio cameo clamper bracelets, this one in luxurious rhodium plate. You can see examples on page 332 of Julia C. Carroll's "Collecting Costume Jewelry 303". Exquisite in expert craftsmanship, W & D excelled in the production of fine mesh bags and jewelry, specialty stone jewelry, and of course, the cameo line. The bracelet pictured is one of the company's most recognized and appreciated pieces. Centered around the beautifully faceted, etched and frosted intaglio (reverse carved) cameo, the bracelet also features filigree mountings and and engraved band with beading. Side hinged with a fixed safety chain and push in box type closure, the clamper is fashioned in an oval shape for superior fit and feel. Whiting & Davis created and constructed bags and jewelry to endure. Many of their vintage pieces remain as the bracelet pictured, in pristine vintage condition.
The hinged clamper has an inside circumference of about 6 1/2 inches. The bracelet opens via a side hinge and fixed safety chain. The bracelet has an approximate 2 1/2 inch "gap" or opening. At it's widest point the bracelet is about 1 3/8 inches. Band portion is about 1/2 inch wide. The intaglio cameo is approximately 24 millimeters x 18 millimeters. Weight of the clamper bracelet is about 32 grams.
Condition is excellent / pristine vintage. All components original and intact. All rhodium plating intact, front and back. Crystal cameo free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Bracelet retains oval shape with proper alignment. Push in box type clasp and safety chain strong and secure. No damage / no repairs.
The bracelet is signed within it's distinctive cartouche near hinge "WHITING & DAVIS Co" with "MESH" above and "BAGS" below.
Cameos have been and will continue to be popular selections in antique, vintage and contemporary jewelry. Enjoy one of the best in Whiting & Davis' Crystal Cameo Collection.
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