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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, with turquoise and pearl decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.103-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 19, shelf A, box 6

'Manchette' or cuff bracelets became fashionable in France in the 1850s and 60s and then spread to England. In a letter to her daughter, the Princess Frederick William of Prussia, in 1861 Queen Victoria described a wedding anniversary gift of 'a beautiful bracelet which he got at Coburg- from Gotha- a large elastic gold bracelet like a cuff - and so pretty'.

The gold on this bracelet is textured to look like cloth. A buttonhole and button are formed of the turquoise and pearl fashionable in the period.

Physical description

Gold cuff (manchette) bracelet, with turquoise and pearl decoration.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1860 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, with turquoise and pearl decoration

Dimensions

Height: 5 cm, Width: 7.9 cm, Depth: 7.6 cm

Object history note

The French fashion of cuff (manchette) bracelets spread over much of Europe, including England.

Descriptive line

Gold cuff, or 'manchette', bracelet, with turquoise and pearl decoration, probably made in England, about 1860

Materials

Turquoise; Gold; Pearl

Subjects depicted

Cuffs (costume components)

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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