1879 Victorian Micromosaic Vester Traverse Band Clamp Bracelet
As beautiful as it is historic, this traverse band bracelet is the Victorian precursor of the popular clamp bracelet of today!
Patented Dec. 16, 1879 by Adolph Vester, this lovely gold vermeil piece was designed to consist of a traverse band with a central ornament that discreetly houses a joint mechanism. This mechanism allows the "wings" to pivot open and closed for ease of wear.
Adorning the central ornament of the bracelet is a vibrant floral micromosaic depicting pink-and-white petaled flowers accented with shades of green, blue and brown on a black background. Wonderfully ornate milgrain scrollwork encompasses the mosaic.
Bracelet opens 1" beyond its closed circumference.
Closed: 6" around
Open: 7" around
Markings: Stamped "Pat. Dec. 16, 1879"
Condition: Very Good
Hinge is in perfect working order. Some of the vermeil is rubbing off in various places. There are two tiny white scuffs on the upper right hand corner of the micromosaic. These may be able to be removed with a careful cleaning. One of the wings (bracelet arms) is bent slightly and does not line up at the back. This could be easily repaired or could still be worn as is. Priced accordingly.