Victorian Silver Shakudo Mixed Metals Link Bracelet
Shakudo is the use of mixed metal alloys and was originally used in Japanese armor and swords. Artisans would sometimes remove the Shakudo plaques from the armor and incorporate them into jewelry or art. It has become very collectible and quite unusual.This unique bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a fabulous example of the Shakudo art form! The design is comprised of ten silver links set with unique mixed metals Shakudo plaques. Multiple nature-inspired Japanese motifs are depicted among the links including kingfisher birds, Japanese stone turtles pouring water, cranes, beautiful lotus blossoms, and maple leaves. The mixed hues of the various metals look wonderful against the matte, patinaed background, bringing the raised images to life! Two oval-shaped jump rings connect each link and the bracelet secures with a push clasp hidden within the final kingfisher link. A safety chain provides additional security when worn. This beautiful Shakudo bracelet is truly a work of art and the piece would make a wonderful addition to any collection.
Measurements: The bracelet measures 7.25" in total length and would fit nicely on a medium-sized wrist. The Shakudo links measure slightly less than 3/4" tall and about 1/2" wide.
Condition: The bracelet remains in overall excellent antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting. All of the Shakudo plaques are intact and secure. Some of the links show signs of minor surface wear, which is normal for antique Shakudo jewelry and does not detract from the overall beauty of the design. The clasp and safety chain are secure and in good working condition. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting, which is a common characteristic of antique silver.