This Vintage expansion bracelet is just Awesome in its
design & styling. The square, eye-catching centerpiece is rare since most
are round or heart shaped and features a large and bright BRILLIANT BLUE synthetic paste stone bordered with a fabulous repousse design of
scrolling foliage at the edge.
The Pitman & Keeler Company began production
of these expansion bracelets in the early 1900s and continued as one of the
leading manufacturers of “sweetheart” or expansion bracelets through to the
1950s. Their version of the expansion bracelet was known as the “American
Queen” which was comparable in design and quality to the Carmen bracelet. These
are highly collectable bracelets.
Repousse or embossed detailing decorates every
second link alternating with plain & smooth. The links are attached, secure
and the expansion tight. The links open in a scissor-like action.
It has the silky smooth feel usually only associated
with solid carat gold and expected of quality antique jewellery with a warm yellow gold hue.
Trademark: American Queen made by The Pitman & Keeler
Company around the 1930s
Construction: Gold filled - unmarked
Gold Purity: outer surface tested positive for 12 carat gold
Best for a small-medium adult wrist or a child with a
circumference of 11.5cm unexpanded
Width: 2cm across centerpiece and links 1.5cm
Weight: a hefty 29.7 grams
With no visible wear to the finish, no chips or cracks
to the stone and no dents, damage or repairs to note I deem it to be in Better-than-Excellent Antique/Vintage
condition! This bracelet is gorgeous on the wrist and I’m sure you’ll thrilled
with this purchase.