Victorian Sterling Silver Niello Basketweave Motif Buckle Bracelet
Niello is the art of ornamenting metal surfaces that is thought to have originated with the Egyptians and spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. It is enamel-like substance made alloys of sulfur, copper, silver and lead and used as an inlay on engraved metal.
This fantastic Victorian (ca1880s) bracelet is an exceptional example of the Niello art form! The piece, which is fairly wide for a Niello bracelet is crafted in silver and features a 3-dimensional buckle motif that graces the front surface. A fine basketweave Niello pattern is inlaid into the outer surface, carrying along the entire length of the piece, front and back. Realistic raised details depict the buckle and strap on the front, which are also enameled with complementary striped Niello accents. The bracelet is hinged and opens at a push clasp at the side, where a safety chain provides extra security. This stylish bangle would look fabulous stacked with other bracelets, or worn on its own. It's a fantastic Victorian Niello piece, and would make a perfect everyday accessory!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures 2 1/4" wide and 2" tall. The surface of the bracelet measures approximately 3/8" wide and 5/8" wide where the buckle is found.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is not serious damage to the silver bangle or to the Niello pattern. The bracelet clasp and hinge are secure and in good working order, and the safety chain is intact.