Victorian 14kt Tracery Mourning Bangle Bracelet
A gorgeous Mourning bracelet from the mid-Victorian (ca1870s) era! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, this bangle-style bracelet features a matching tracery design which carries along the front and back, displaying a beautiful leafy motif. The rich, black enameling features various swirling leaves surrounded by a textured background that covers the entire surface and a thin carved border lines the top and bottom edges. A full commemorative inscription complete with date of birth and death and reference to a Biblical psalm can be found along inside of the bangle, which reads: "The Congregational Church to Mary G. Eldridge" and "Normal Sept 16/70 : June 25/71 Ps 87:7." The bracelet is hinged and clasps on the side with an added safety chain for extra security. An exceptional antique mourning bracelet, it is rich in history and would be perfect for the serious Victorian collector!
Measurements: The opening, where a wrist would rest, measures slightly more than 2" wide and slightly more than 1 1/2" tall. The surface of the bangle measures 1/4” wide. The bangle is small in size and would fit best on a small sized wrist.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is great. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold surface. There is slight wear to the black tracery, however it is not noticeable when the bracelet is worn. The hinge and clasp are in excellent working condition, however, there is a small amount of damage to the gold on the underside, near the clasp's opening; this is not noticeable when worn nor does not impact the fastening of the bracelet.