Victorian Sterling Micro Mosaic Bracelet w/ Bird Motif
A fantastic and unusual micro mosaic bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of sterling silver, the bangle style bracelet is comprised of two tubular links which make up the band of the piece. On the front of the bracelet is a marvelous micro mosaic design with a lovely image of a single bird. Tiny tiles with vivid colors of glass have been hand set into the image of the bird which rests on a bed of black mosaic tiles with a lovely flower and stem background. On either side of the center micro mosaic plaque is an additional smaller, accenting micro mosaic design. Each portrays a matching design with a vibrant blue background and a bouquet of flowers. All three micro mosaics are set in a sterling silver setting and have rich colors of red, white, blue, yellow, pink, black and green. They are so fine, they almost look like paintings. A delicate border of twisted sterling wire surrounds each picture and 2 ornate hinges rest on either side of the bird mosaic. The bracelet has a secure pin clasp that is incorporated into the design of the band and rests on the underside of the bracelet. It's unusual to see a bracelet with a micro mosaic and this one is particularly lovely! It would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The interior diameter of the bracelet measures approximately 2 3/8" wide and 2" tall. The tubular band of the bracelet is approximately 3/8" wide and a little less than 1/4" thick. The group of 3 micro mosaics measure 2 1/4" wide, a little less than 1" tall and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. The clasp and hinges are secure and in good working condition. The mosaic pictures are in excellent condition. One of the flower bouquets has a minor chip in it which is not uncommon, nor is it noticeable when worn. Other than this small amount of damage, there doesn't appear to be any other damage to the other mosaic pictures.