Antique Austro-Hungarian .800 silver gilt hinged bangle bracelet with black enamel and a vermeil floral applique studded with little seed pearls this piece is from the latter part of the Victorian era and signed by Markowitsch and Scheid of Vienna. I could hardly exaggerate the bracelet’s elegance – everything seems to be in perfect proportion; the serious look of its glistening dark enamel offset by both the warm glow of the vermeil and the lily of the valley spray on its front wing. The decoration is completed with discrete engraved designs around the hinge and the clasp. One of the classiest examples of the genre I have seen lately this is a bracelet which, in my opinion, defies the whims of time and fashion quite successfully…
Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 7/8″ wide; 51.7 grams
Hallmarks / Date: letter mark for Vienna as well as dog head hallmark for .800 silver and “M&S” stamp for Markowitsch and Scheid; 1880-1890
Condition: very good vintage with generous width and a beautiful floral applique; the vermeil finish is in great shape as well having mellowed over time; the seed pearls seem to be all there (maybe except of a tiny little one but I am not sure that this is the case) and in nice condition as well; there are three surface chips in the enamel – one right next to the clasp and the other two on either side of the hinge, as you can see in the photo provided; they are indeed superficial and do not reveal the silver body underneath and thanks to their position and the dark color of the enamel, they do not really attract attention nor is it easy to spot them when one has the bracelet on; yet they are there and I have taken their existence into account in the bracelet’s pricing
SOLD – Thank you!