Victorian Sterling Etched Beadwork Buckle Bracelet
A fantastic sterling silver buckle bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This beautiful English made piece depicts a realistic buckle with a 3-dimensional curved strap. Covering the front surface is an etched floral motif, which is richly layered with vines and leaves. A row of beadwork lines the edge of the buckle and strap, adding a wonderful visual accent. The bracelet is hinged and opens at the side with a secure push clasp. Stamped in the interior are several English hallmarks, including the letter "b," a lion, an anchor, and maker's initials that appear to read "J.D." The bracelet has a strong Victorian look that merges effortlessly into modern day fashion. Perfect for stacking with other complimentary bangles, it would make a stylish addition to any collection!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures about 2 1/4" wide and 2" tall. The surface of the bracelet measures approximately 3/4" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is very good. The clasp and hinge are secure and in good working condition. One of the beadwork accents at the end of the buckle strap has become somewhat flattened due to its hollow design. However, it is not noticeable when worn, and does not detract from the beauty of the design. There is a natural patina on the silver that gives it a darkened antique appearance in the interior, which is normal for Victorian era jewelry and adds depth to the design. However, it can be polished if a brighter look is desired. There appear to be two finely etched names in the bracelet's interior.