Superb quality, as you would expect, this vintage 1960s Harrods of London bracelet is beautifully crafted in 12 carat rolled gold/heavy gold fill.
Solidly constructed in an antique style the bracelet is a wide bangle style with a hinge. It is rendered in buttery yellow gold with bright cut engraved leaves against a brushed background on the front and the back is left silky smooth. It is crafted on the oval in a slight D-profile and has a hinge on one side and a hidden engraved shovel clasp on the other, it also benefits from a decorative gold safety chain.
The bracelet is stamped on the inside 'Excalibur' for Excalibur Jewellery of Hatton Garden, London, a manufacturer that created jewellery exclusively for Harrods. It is also stamped 'Made in England' and '1/20, 12 carat rolled gold' Rolled gold is a mechanically bonded sleeve of solid gold over a metal core, it is significantly thicker than gold plating, which is electroplated and little more than a gold wash.
The bracelet is in beautiful vintage condition with no wearing away of the gold overlay, it looks, feels and wears like a solid gold piece, no one will be any the wiser when you wear it! With a gold thickness of 20 microns the finish on this bracelet should last a lifetime.
Classically English this type of bracelet has been popular since the 19th century, they were popular sweetheart gifts and were often personalized with engraved names on the plain back or inside.
MATERIALS: 12ct rolled gold/gold filled
MEASUREMENTS: inner circumference 7-1/2" (19cm), inner diameter from hinge to clasp 2-5/8" (6.7cm)
HALLMARKS: stamped 'Excalibur' 'Made In England' inside back, stamped '1/20, 12 carat rolled gold' inside front and '4' on clasp
WEIGHT: 44 grams
DATE: 1960s, mid century
CONDITION: Excellent condition with minor surface wear as expected in a vintage piece of jewellery of this age, the hinge is solid and the clasp is fully functioning.
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