Antique jewelry made from carved bone was very popular during the Victorian era (ca 1880). Bone is a hard material from the skeleton of most vertebrate species, but the variety mainly used in jewelry is from such animals as the wild boar or wild hog. It was used to imitate ivory, which was more expensive.
A very unique hand-carved bone bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This unusual artisan piece piece is comprised of 5 hand carved links made of ox bone. The links have interesting hand carved shapes and all are detailed with a cutout pattern of small circles that resemble flower petals. The curved center link, which is larger than the rest, also displays an engraved center panel with a series of overlapping carved lines forming a diamond pattern. Connecting the links are rows of sterling jump rings that attach to a row of ox bone links in the middle. The bracelet wraps around the wrist and fastens together with a complimentary carved bone pin, which fits securely inside the links. A beautiful piece, this bracelet has a very natural look that would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurement: The bracelet measures approximately 6.5" long, is slightly more than 1" at its widest point and is 1/8" thick. The pin measures 1 1/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved bone links or jump rings. The pin is intact and in good working condition.