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PAIR Antique Victorian Gold GF Wide ENAMEL Bangle Bracelet


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Victorian Bride’s Bracelets were worn in pairs.  It was customary for well-to-do men to gift a bracelet to their fiancé upon engagement & then the other on their Wedding Day. To find such a beautiful pair still together AND is such fabulous condition is incredibly RARE!

 

Often I am asked about the provenance of the jewellery I sell, however, it is incredibly rare to be able to have this information. Unfortunately the handwritten note with some information including names, pictured, has been mislaid and is Not Included.

 

These Antique Bangle Bracelets are the mirror image of each other, just stunning and so much better in person than the pictures show. They are wide and thick and fashioned in the style of a belt which was typical in mid-Victorian times. They combine rose gold and yellow gold hues with fabulous effect.

 

The pictures form part of the main part of description. The bodies of the bracelets have a yellow gold hue while the applied embellishments or components of the “belt” including buckle and keeper have a rose gold hue.

 

They are engraved with a gorgeous design of an array of elements including floral, foliate, scrolls and symmetrical geometrical details, set upon a stippled background.  It is superbly accented with black enamel, the technique of which is referred to as “t’aille d’epargne” or “black enamel tracery”. It is an enamelling technique which an etched design is filled with enamel then fired in a kiln. Please enlarge the pictures for a close-up look remembering many details visible in these pictures are not obvious to the naked eye.

 

The body of each bracelet has squared off edges and they are an elongated oval shape. The clasps are released by pressing in the V-tab. The clasps click closed securely and the hinges are in excellent working order.  The rings for the safety chains are in situ for one so I have added a chain while the other has one ring missing. It is a simple task for a competent jeweller to perform however it is not necessary since the clasp is so secure. Often the safety chains were removed or lost because they limited how wide the bracelets would open. They are easy to replace.

 

They have the silky smooth feel usually only associated with solid carat gold and expected of quality antique jewellery. Their hue has that Antique patina that comes only with time and is so much nicer than the pictures suggest.

 

HISTORY & MARKS

Era:                  mid-Victorian c1870-80s

Trademark:      B&B on the clasps’ tongues

Maker:              Bates & Bacon - established in 1856, 153 years ago. They were the leaders in the market for a range items including gold filled and are a personal favourite due to their outstanding quality and design.

Construction:   Gold Filled - unmarked

Gold Purity:     outer surfaces tested positive for 10 carat gold

 

MEASURES

Sizing:              petite to small adult wrist or even that of a child

Circumference: 14.4cm (my writs measures 16cm and I cannot quite do them up)

Diameters:        5.35cm and 4.2cm

Width:              3.1cm across buckle and 2.5cm or 1” for the body

Thickness:        3mm

Weight:            a hefty 82.7 grams combined

 

OVERALL

These solidly constructed bracelets are at least 125-130 years old and look fabulous on the wrist whether worn together or separately. It is VERY RARE to find a pair together and in such Fabulous Original Antique condition. There is minimal wear considering their age, little if any loss of enamel and no detracting flaws or dents to mention. And, while they have been cleaned, they do retain some natural patina and a further polishing may be desired but is not necessary.

 

What a Fantastic addition to any Prized Antique Heirloom jewellery collection. You will be thrilled with these bracelets! Do not miss the opportunity to purchase this RARE pair. The perfect gift idea for an upcoming bride, twin girls, sisters, mother and daughter or a special treat just for you!




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