Victorian Pinchbeck Woven Articulated Hand Bracelet
"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. The development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy jewelry that had look of gold.
This fabulous Victorian bracelet (ca1880) is a wonderful example of the use of pinchbeck in jewelry! The bracelet has a vibrant yellow gold color with a high carat appearance, and carries a beautiful Victorian design. Forming the body of the bracelet is a woven design comprised of interlocking chevron links. The articulated design is flexible and wraps comfortably around the wrist, closing at a push clasp hidden within a decorative hand. A vivid green stone represents a ring, and swirled repousse detail at the wrist suggests a lacy cuffed sleeve. A delicate honeycomb pattern decorates the reverse side of the clasp. Both sides of the woven bracelet have a very fine texture, giving further depth to the design. This marvelous Victorian piece exudes a wonderful style and would make a special everyday piece!
Measurements: The bracelet measures 7" long and would fit nicely on an average sized wrist. The hand clasp measures 7/8" long, and the woven bracelet is approximately 1/2" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. There is a slight irregularity present in a few of the woven links, which is very minor and not noticeable when worn. The clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition.