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Victorian women loved to wear matching slide bracelets with bead-tipped foxtail
chain tassels - one on each wrist. Women’s dresses were trimmed with abundant
amount of fringe in the 1870s and these bracelets coordinated beautifully. They were designed
in a similar fashion to the garter but because Queen Victoria
was far too modest to wear one on her thigh, she had them made as bracelets!
What an icon
of Style she was!
Pictured is a pair of identical Antique Victorian slide
bracelets each stamped with the patent date of September 16, 1873 – this makes
them approximately 136 years old!
This listing is for BOTH bracelets – the value of pairs together is 3 times
that of just one.
The design of these slide bracelets is a favourite. The pictures
do not do them justice and you will be delighted with them - guaranteed! The
actual slides are wonderfully shaped and feature engraved and chased elements
that frame the Hard Stone cameos atop carnelian glass. The pictures provide the
best description of all - I just hope my pictures do them some justice.
Each bracelet is formed of solid rings in a mesh formation. They
have a plain keeper or band to hold the end close which secures it on the wrist.
The ends of the bracelets feature an embossed and chased design and are
beautifully shaped, too. They house herringbone chain tassels with bead tips.
The bracelets have an old blended
yellow & rose gold hue and the slides are more yellow than the
bracelets, which is a subtle yet complementary contrast. They have the silky
smooth feel usually only associated with solid carat gold and expected of
quality antique/vintage jewellery.
Era: mid-Victorian c1873
Construction: Gold Filled - unmarked
Gold purity: Outer surfaces test positive for 10 carat gold
Sizing: Will fit any sized wrist as they are adjustable
at its largest
Width: Links 1.6cm or 2/3”
Slide: 3 cm by 2.8cm – larger than most!
Weight: 64.6 grams
condition! One of the bracelets has a hint of age appropriate wear and a wire
poking from a tassel (insignificant but mentioned for accuracy). There is no
damage or repairs as such and nothing that detracts from this Beauty.
The second bracelet has a hint of age appropriate wear, a wire
poking from a tassel which is insignificant but mentioned for accuracy and a
tassel missing at the centre of the housing. There is also a very professional
repair to the slide where it had separated and been soldered. I had not noticed
prior or when taking the pictures hence there is no picture at the time of
listing – it is insignificant.
It is VERY RARE
to find such a beautiful pair of bracelets from the mid-Victorian era in such Excellent condition! At around 135
years of age, this bracelet would be a welcome addition to any Antique Heirloom
collection. The pictures do not do it justice so expect to be Thrilled.
**Of Heirloom Quality for the cameo collector - A fabulous
addition to any antique jewellery collection - offered with a very low BARGAIN price!**