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18th Century Pinchbeck Cameo Mesh Cuff or Bracelet

18th Century Pinchbeck Cameo Mesh Cuff or Bracelet


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Other Metals: Period: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1184654
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This antique mesh bracelet has an old classic carved shell cameo mounted in the clasp.

It is surrounded by an ornate Pinchbeck frame which measures about 1.25 to 1.5 inches. It is attached to a gold color mesh bracelet or cuff that measures 6.5 inches clip to clip. It also measures about 1.5 inches in width.

It dates from the late 18th century to the early 19th century.

It is not marked in any way and we have not tested it for gold content.

"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget. Pinchbeck was used to replace gold for a very short period of time.