Incredibly Detailed Etruscan Revival Bracelet with Knight and Dragon
Dating from circa 1880 this AMAZING bracelet exhibits incredible Etruscan Revival style details. The central medallion features the profile of a medieval knight in armor. His armor tests as sterling silver and has remarkably realistic texture. Perched atop his helmet is a rose gold colored winged dragon. I recommend zooming in on the photos so you can appreciate all the tiny details! (His sweeping mustache for example!) The portrait is also framed nicely with a tiny twisted rope border. Then on either side of the medallion are two decorative segments with granulation and cannetille texture. The balance of the bracelet is pleasingly simple with no fussy clasp. The two ends simply flex open to accommodate your wrist and spring closed again when you release them. The underside of the medallion indicates that this design was submitted for a patent with a stamp that reads "PAT APPD FOR". The entire bracelet, with the exception of the sterling silver armor, is rolled gold and has held up extremely well. The only signs of discoloration or wear are on the inside of the two ends where they bypass one another. The size is quite small as it was the style then to wear bracelets below your wrist bone where the circumference is the smallest. When the bracelet is "at rest" and the two ends bypass as far as they go the inside measurement from side to side is 1-7/8". The patented design allows the ends to flex as much as is needed to grab your wrist comfortably so it will best fit a 6-1/4" wrist or smaller but keep in mind it is meant to sit snugly. The medallion is approximately 3/4" around. This is certainly the most unique Etruscan Revival bracelet I've seen. Although it is well over 100 years old it is somehow very current! Especially with Game of Thrones having made such an impact relatively recently I think the dragon detail is spot-on!