RIKER BROS. Art Nouveau 14kt Repousse Flower 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 stunning bangle bracelet from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era is a wonderful example of the Riker Brothers' talent! Crafted in vibrant 14kt yellow gold, the slip-on style bangle has a detailed repousse design on the surface which perfectly exemplifies the signature Riker style. The feminine floral motif features a continuous row of lovely flowers that covers the exterior of the bangle, alternating with five circular spacers in between. Each realistic flower is intricately detailed, including delicate petals with curled stems and leaves. Flowing accents and flourishes form a beautiful textured border and the interior of the bangle is stamped "14K" along with the Riker Brothers's signature hallmark (a sword with the letter "R"). The design is very versatile and would look wonderful worn alone or stacked with other complimentary bracelets. A wonderful Art Nouveau piece by a legendary maker, it would compliment any modern or antique collection!
Measurements: The interior of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" tall and would fit nicely on an average sized wrist. The surface measures approximately 3/8" at the widest point, and 1/4" at the most narrow point.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is great. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the gold setting or textured repousse detail. Due to the hollow construction of the bracelet, there is some damage along the interior due to someone sliding it on their wrist. Unfortunately, this is no uncommon for this style of bracelet and luckily it can not be seen when the bracelet is worn. Additionally, there is one very minimal indent along the exterior of the bracelet, however, because of the ornate design, this is not noticeable unless closely examined.