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Well-to-do 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!
This Antique Slide Bracelet is Absolutely Awesome and of the highest
quality. It dates to either the late
19th or early 20th centuries and has superb styling.
The slide is Large and features fancy
shaping accented with a zigzagging edge that continues around its entirety. At
the centre is a Green Gold foliate arrangement with a gold ball perched within.
It is framed by a pin, shiny rim and then a rope twist border. The face of the
slide atop which these embellishments sit is stamped with a geometrical design
completing the decoration.
Now for the gorgeous tassels – there
is a small, heart shaped fitting attached to the slide with seven bead tip, fox
tail chain tassels. At the end is a larger, similarly fashioned fitting with 10
longer tassels. Each fitting features a chased scrolling design.
The bracelet’s solid rings form a mesh
which is a sturdy heavy-duty type. There is what is referred to as a “keeper” –
a sliding bar with beading at either end to grip the keeper and slide it into
position to hold the bracelet’s slide in place. It, too, features a chased
Hallmark: none - all
components tested and guaranteed to be 12
carat gold minimum. Readings of 14 and 18 carat gold were recorded for the tassel housings and the
Colour: a blend of yellow
and rose gold with green gold leaves
Maker: unknown - US origin
Size: - for all wrists with largest
circumference of 20cm to slip the hand through (adjustable)
- slide measures 2.8cm by 2.5cm
bracelet 1.3cm or ˝” wide
Weight: a VERY substantial
CONDTION Near Mint Antique condition, if it were
not for one missing tassel – see the pictures. Clearly it would not be obvious
when worn – it is only visible under close scrutiny. This is a very rare and
incredibly impressive bracelet. You'll be thrilled, guaranteed!
Please note: this was incredibly difficult to photograph due to the
fluidity of the mesh and is far prettier in person.
EXPECT TO BE WOWED – Guaranteed to Thrill!