A superb quality antique sterling silver wide cuff bracelet in a wrap around belt buckle design with hand engraved and chased ivy leaf decoration. Curvy and dimensional this is one of the most unusual and striking Victorian silver buckle bangles we have seen in a long time.
At a weighty 45 grams the bracelet is solid and heavily constructed. It is crafted on the oval with rolled edges for comfort and added strength. It has a hinge on one side and a hidden shovel clasp with a push button to open it on the other side. The inside of the bracelet is beautifully finished too, the inner hinge and clasp are protected with decorative scalloped covers.
The Victorian language of love is evident in this beautiful example of a buckle bangle. Buckles were used as symbols of fidelity and unbroken bonds of love, and the clinging ivy represented everlasting love. These lovely sentimental bracelets were often given as a romantic and lasting gift to a bride or fiancée in the Victorian era. A fabulously decorative antique gem, just a gorgeous piece all around!
MATERIALS: sterling silver, acid tested
MEASUREMENTS: measures 1-1/4" (3.2cm) wide, inside measurements: circumference 7-1/2" (19cm), hinge to clasp 2-1/4" (5.8cm) front to back 2" (5cm)
HALLMARKS: stamped with "D&M" on the tongue and etched with workshop numbers on the inside. It isn't marked for metal content and we have acid tested to verify sterling silver throughout.
WEIGHT: 45 grams
DATE: 1880, Victorian
CONDITION: in lovely antique condition with only faint scratches and light surface wear in keeping with age, the clasp is in perfect working order and closes securely with a firm snap.
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Materials: Sterling silver.