Quintessentially English, this beautiful antique silver bangle features a bright cut and engraved pattern of English climbing roses on the front and has scalloped edges at the top and bottom. This type of scalloping is known as "pie crust" and it was a very popular jewellery design technique in Victorian times.
The bracelet is narrow and crafted on the oval with a hinge at one side and a hidden push button clasp at the other. It is constructed out of fairly thick gauge silver so despite being dainty it is quite a sturdy piece and heavy for size.
The engraving is particularly pretty with lots of attention to the detailing, The climbing roses are framed in decorative line and dot chasing which carries around to the clasp button which is notched at the top so you can slip your finger nail into the groove and push down firmly to open the bracelet.
Lovely piece, the perfect focal bracelet for any layering combination and pretty enough to wear alone as the belle of the ball! These romantic symbolically engraved bracelets were often gifted to sweethearts and brides during the sentimental Victorian era, the climbing rose (the universal flower of love) with their clinging vines say "Be Mine"
MATERIALS: sterling silver, acid tested
MEASUREMENTS: 5/8" (1.5cm) wide, the inside wearable circumference is 7-1/8" (18cm), it measures 2-1/4" (5.5cm) from hinge to clasp and 1-7/8" (5cm) front to back, so it best suited to a fairly slim wrist
DATE: Victorian, circa 1870
HALLMARKS: none, acid tested and verified sterling
WEIGHT: 17.3 grams
CONDITION: In good condition with some wear (light surface scratches and the occasional tiny dent) and slight tarnish. Please see the photos. It was very hard to photograph this bracelet as it's nicely polished, apologies for the dark reflections. The hinge is in working order and it closes tightly with a solid snap.
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