Victorian French Sterling Gilt Anchor Link Padlock Bracelet
A stylish anchor link padlock bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This lovely piece is comprised of hollow anchor links made of gilded sterling silver. This common Victorian link is what the modern "Gucci link" was replicated from. The chain links meet at a puffy padlock at the center, which serves as the clasp of the bracelet. A repousse "keyhole" decorates the front of the padlock, which clasps at the side of the curved handle. Two small French hallmarks are stamped on the padlock's handle in the back. Despite the chunky appearance of the bracelet, its hollow design makes it lightweight and comfortable to wear. A simple stylish Victorian piece, it would be right at home in the modern woman's collection!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 7 3/4" long and would fit nicely on a medium to large sized wrist. Each anchor link measures 1/2" long, 3/8" wide, and 3/8" thick. The padlock hangs 1 1/8" long, measures 7/8" wide, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling gilt setting, anchor links, or padlock clasp, which is secure and in good working condition. There is some subtle color variation that can be attributed to slight fading of the original gilt surface, as well as a light natural patina on the surface of the setting, both of which are normal for Victorian era jewelry.