These exquisite matching antique bracelets were sold to me as mid-Victorian "wedding bracelets," but the extreme simplicity of their closure argues for a pre-Victorian dating - perhaps even 18th century Georgian, and certainly no later than Regency or William IV. In fact matching bracelets were extremely popular between 1800 and 1830. In the case of these, the "mechanism" is obviously early - consisting only of three keyhole-shaped slots and a teensy but powerful prong, with a slide that adds extra security. Frankly, I've never before seen one of these prong-type bracelets with its slide still in place, let alone TWO of them!
The charming decorative motif, as you see, is an intricate floral and foliate design. The slightly rosy golden metal appears to be gold-filled (thus far more durable than if it were merely gilded). Because the bracelets adjust to fit three positions, they'd be a marvelous gift for a girl who's still growing - something she could enjoy now and forever. They're pleasantly lightweight and easy for anyone to wear. At their smallest, they'd fit child-sized wrists and, when fastened in the outer slot, most small- to average-sized women would be able to wear them.
From a Boston area estate, these bracelets are in astounding condition relative to age. Width is about 7/8" inches and the shape is slightly oval, which is really far more suitable to the human arm than round. Not only wonderfully wearable, these are true investment jewels you'll never regret owning, especially at this incredibly low price for a such a rare matching pair. They're even signed, BTW, bearing the mark "W G W & Co" -- but unfortunately I haven't yet been able to find out anything about the maker. We recently offered a single bracelet very much like these at $225 and it didn't have a slide, so our price for this pair is an exceptional value.
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