G.A.S. Victorian Austrian Silver Enamel Bracelet with Urn Fob
Georg Adam Scheid (G.A.S.) was an Austrian silversmith and jeweler during the Victorian era. In 1853, he began an apprenticeship at the age of 16, the beginnings of a flourishing career. He moved to Vienna in 1858, entering the workshop of Michael Markowitsch, an established maker of gold, silver, and jewelry goods. Markowitsch and Scheid formed a working partnership in 1862, which continued for 20 years, until Scheid began his own grand scale operation in 1882. With up to 300 workers, Scheid produced a variety of silver and enameled goods, specializing in cigarette cases, powder boxes, stationary and toiletry sets, and jewelry. His works were sold in great quantity throughout the majority of Western Europe. With the expansion of his company, he opened a refinery in 1888 and began the exportation of his goods to established sister companies in Budapest, Prague, and Bucharest. Scheid eventually retired in 1911, leaving the business to his sons.
This unusual Austrian bracelet from the Victorian era (ca1880) is a wonderful example of Georg Adam Scheid's work! The piece is crafted in silver, and has a decorative wirework appliqué design with a black enameled surface. Hanging from the bracelet is a complimentary fob, which carries a 3-dimensional urn shape and matching enamel motif. The pattern of swirls and dots tives wonderful depth and texture to the surface of the bangle and urn, which dangles freely from three strands of silver chain. The bracelet is hinged and clasps at the side. Stamped on the tongue of the clasp is the official Georg Adam Scheid signature hallmark "G.A.S." A stylish and decorative piece, the bangle would make a wonderful everyday addition to the modern woman's collection!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 1/4" wide and 1 3/4" tall. The piece would fit nicely on a small to medium sized wrist. The surface of the bracelet measures about 1/4" thick. The hanging urn fob dangles 1 1/2" in total length from its chain extensions. The urn itself measures 7/8" tall and 5/8" thick.
Condition: The bracelet remains in good antique condition. There is some normal surface wear to the piece, which is commensurate with age. Some light fading has occured to the enamel pattern on the surface of the bangle and fob due to age. However, this does not detract from the beauty of the design. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver setting, adding further depth and character to the piece. The dangling fob is intact and securely attached, and the push clasp is in good working order.