The front of this unusually wide bangle is completely covered with hand-engraved, swirling ferns. This is a special piece due to a combination of factors: size, age, condition, and hallmarks (see Details & Dimensions for more information). Silver bangles of this width (almost 2 inches) are somewhat harder to find. Like many from this period, it is hinged, with a push-in tongue groove closure which fits securely. The scalloped edging and detailed pattern looks amazing on the wrist.
The fern was a popular motif in England from the late 1830’s through the 1890’s. In decorative arts, it was a symbol of fascination, magic, and pleasurable pursuits. Another one that we had to have for our collection!
Dimensions & Details: Antique Silver Bangle
- The height of bangle is 1.8 inch or 45.9 mm.
- The inside circumference is approximately 6.5 inches. It may be wise to measure your wrist prior to purchasing.
Period & Hallmarks
- The British hallmark for sterling silver, Birmingham, date mark for 1881, and maker’s mark B&S.
- It is in good antique condition. It is over 100 years old. There are signs of wear and use commensurate with age. There are some small scratches in general and several very small dings on the back half of the bracelet (see images).
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