Exceptional pair of antique Victorian buckle cuff bracelets / bangles with black enamel. Made circa 1870, probably American. Each bangle is 2 1/2 inches accross. They will fit a wrist of about 7 inches. Weight:71.8grams. Sturdy gold-filled bangles with garter or buckle motif. Faux fixing on the front, as though the buckle has not quite been pulled through the loops. Black tracery (also called taille d'epargne), decorates the entire surface with geometric and botanical themes. Interesting variations of texture in parallel panels. Mourning jewellery, incorporating black enamel was the norm during Queen Victoria's era, as she mourned Prince Albert. After the first few decades, the element of mourning subsided to a token gesture, as these bracelets indicate - black, but lighthearted, fine and delicate. Each one is absolutely fabulous and the pair, quite exceptional. Secure clasps - easy to open/close. A safety catch to ensure additional security. Another stunning feature of this pair of bangles is that they are in such fabulous condition. After nearly 150 years, the enamelling is as pristine as it coule be. Generally, very good condition. One tiny flaw that can be fixed in a jiffy: the safety catch of one bangle needs two links to be rejoined.
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