Early Repoussé Silver Bangle Bracelet with Hinge
Antique sterling silver hinged bangle bracelet with pin and tube clasp. The fantastic folk art design with a winged angle and flowers was created with the repoussé technique. Very folksy with a lovely design. It measures 1 1/4" wide. The inside circumference 6 3/8". There are no hallmarks. It was acid tested for metal purity. It has some cracks. I found two on the edge and one in the interior next to an angel wing. These cracks do not compromise the strength of this beautiful and special piece. Since this is not the sort of bracelet that one bends to adjust and in looking at the nature of the cracks, I do believe that they occurred when it was made.
It weighs 59 grams. It has a lovely original patina. I have not cleaned or polished it to preserve that patina.
A lovely find. I have never had another like it.
Note: There are designs on each side of the hinge. This piece is oval and worn with the hinge at wrist center so that the design shows at the side of the wrist. See the photos.