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Victorian Austro-Hungarian Silver Niello Anchor and Chain Cuff Bracelet

SKU: 46677
Sale price$1,395

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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 incredible cuff bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era is exemplary of the Niello art form. The bracelet is made from silver and has a detailed Niello design covering the entire outer surface. The design is very intricate, with a mirrored pattern of scrolling floral patterns. The bracelet has a stunning three dimensional look, with a striking anchor centerpiece complete with chains wrapping around to the clasp. The bracelet is hinged and opens at a push clasp hidden within the seam of the bracelet, allowing for more comfortable wear. The clasp is marked with an Austro-Hungarian hallmark and assay office letter denoting that the bracelet was crafted in 900 silver near Linz in Austria along with an illegible maker mark. Along the inside edge of the bracelet is stamped with "M.S." and "3". This unique and exceptional bracelet would make a statement all on its own, or would look fabulous paired with other bracelets. A must have for any fashion forward woman or Niello collector!  

Measurements:  The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures 2 3/8" wide and 2" tall. The surface of the bracelet measures just over 3/8" tall.  

Condition:  The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver or to the Niello pattern. The anchor elements are all intact and the push clasp opens easily and fastens shut securely. 

Victorian Austro-Hungarian Silver Niello Anchor and Chain Cuff Bracelet
Victorian Austro-Hungarian Silver Niello Anchor and Chain Cuff Bracelet Sale price$1,395

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