A beautiful antique Victorian sterling silver black enamel and pearl mourning bracelet circa 1870.
A hinged bangle style the bracelet features glossy black enamelling all the way around and it is decorated on the front in an etched silver floral design with oak leaves and seed pearl set flowers. To the Victorians the oak leaf represented strength, endurance and faith and the presence of pearls spoke of tears shed for the dearly departed.
The bracelet is crafted on the oval and worn closely fitted, it is a small size so will only fit a slim wrist. It opens from the side and fastens with a hidden shovel clasp that is strong and holds securely, it also has a silver safety chain. The bracelet is in good condition with signs of use in keeping with an antique age. All the pearls are all present and correct and there are a few small dents on the inside of the bracelet. The black enamel has been touched up in places and we have priced with this in mind, please see the photos.
A wonderful antique silver mourning bracelet and full of Victorian symbolism and sentiment and a must have addition to any antique jewellery collection!
MATERIALS: sterling silver, enamel
GEMSTONE: natural seed pearl
MEASUREMENTS: 1/2" (1.5cm) wide, inner circumference 6-1/8" (15.5cm), inner diameter 2" (5cm) clasp to hinge
HALLMARKS: none and we have acid tested and verified 925 sterling silver
DATE: circa 1870, Victorian
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Materials: Sterling Silver, Enamel, Seed Pearls.