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A Pair of Gold Wedding Bracelets c.1860
In 19th century tradition, a young lady would receive one of these cuff bracelets as a gift of engagement and the second upon her wedding. She would wear one on each wrist. The fashion is dramatic and elegant. These hinged cuffs are American and can be identified so by the gold content which is 14 kt and the specific enamel technique known as taille d'espargne. Tiny depressions and channels are carved into the metal, and then filled with enamel. These cuffs are unusual for their width and the marvelous surprise of bearing the enamel on both sides, front and back. The cuffs are beautifully polished a feature that enables the texture to shine. The interior of each bracelet is engraved with the name of the bride which is Theresa Knapp. Condition Very good to Excellent with just one small and shallow indentation on one that is visible only upon close study as it is hidden within the texture. The original safety chains are no longer attached. They were likely removed to make the bracelets open wider and accommodate more wrist sizes. Width 1 1/6 in. Thickness 1/16th of an inch. Size 6 3/4 wrist


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