A striking bracelet from the mid 19th century! Hailing from Scotland the unusual design is made of sterling silver and was made in January 1858! We know the exact date as the piece bears a lozenge registration mark to the back of the clasp. The distinctive mark was used in Britain between 1842 to 1883 and was utilized to show that the design was registered and to give a precise date of the manufacture. The Victorian bracelet comprises of three agate links, two paste links and an attractive 'fletch' style clasp. Each of the agate links are fashioned into convex rectangular shapes, and the hue's vary; one is an earthy orange, one is a striated brown/white and one is a banded reddish brown hue. The agate links are divided by two circular links adorned with dazzling brownish orange paste stones which are bezel set in the centre of the link (the bright paste stones imitating Cairngorm quartz!). The Scottish agate and orange paste stones look wonderful together. The entire silver surface to the front of the bracelet is embellished with ornate hand-engraved patterns. There is an unusual hook-style clasp which opens and closes with a secure spring-loaded mechanism integrated into the back of a lovely 'fletch' style silver link... adding further antiquity charm to this wonderful bracelet! The total length of the bracelet measures 20cm (8" inches).
Scottish agate (aka pebble) jewellery was made popular again in the nineteenth century due Queen Victoria adorning Scottish jewellery and her frequent visits to her Scottish Castle Balmoral. For more information on Antique Scottish Jewellery head to the blog - Antique Scottish Jewellery
A wonderful piece of Scottish history with beautiful all round workmanship! The bracelet would make a special addition to any collection!