Art Nouveau Riker Brothers 14kt Repousse Dragon Bracelet
Not many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the late 1800's until the 1950's. One of the leading companies, the Riker Brothers, has an early history that dates back to 1846. Their pieces are quite sought after and still remain highly collectible today.
This gorgeous bangle bracelet, from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era, is a wonderful example of the Riker Brothers talent. Known for their attention to detail, this 14kt yellow gold piece is a slip-on style bracelet, which is decorated in a unique dragon motif. The design, which is highly detailed, covers the outer surface of the entire bracelet. The inside of the bangle is marked "14K" and bears the hallmark Riker Brothers signature "R" with a sword through it. The piece is also engraved “1908”. A magnificent bracelet, it would look lovely worn by itself or with similar bracelets and would rest comfortably on a small to average size wrist.
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet where a wrist would rest measures approximately 2 1/2" wide and approximately 2 3/8" tall. The surface is approximately 3/8" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is not serious damage to the gold bracelet. There are some dings in the gold on the underside of the piece, but these are not visible when worn.