This is a distinguished, antique English sterling bracelet in a class of its own.
It is an amazing feat of silver work and dates circa 1860. The design of multi-colored gold and silver is executed by a master craftsman. The bracelet is a classic of the Aesthetic Movement. This design period began when Admiral Perry negotiated a trade agreement in 1854 with Japan and opened the West to Asian design. It is characterized by naturalistic themes, rendered in multi-colors of gold and silver, reminiscent of Japanese mixed metal arts.
This bracelet has both engraved and etched designs. The bird, leaves, and branches are all applied to the sterling, a laborious process done by hand. The side panels are geometric, perfectly framing the central design. The reverse has finely engraved initials. The bracelet also has a Registry Mark, also referred to as a kite mark because of its shape, on the front side panel. This was used to date the year of manufacture,, month and date. Unfortunately, it is so tiny, that I cannot decipher the information, but it is fair to date this around 1860. The kite mark was used during the years 1842-1883.
The condition is superb. It measures 7 1/2 inches round x 1 1/4 inches down, and can fit an average wrist.
Exquisite artistry, England, Circa 1860.