C.1820-1830. A gorgeous late Georgian Swiss Enamel and Pinchbeck bracelet. Pinchbeck was invented by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker in the early 18th century. The material was created to resemble the gold appearance. Pinchbeck is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc. The pinchbeck alloy existed for a short period of time, until 9k gold became more affordable in the Victorian period. This rare metal remains important in jewelry history, and authentic Pinchbeck jewelry is still highly sought after.
The bracelet is large in scale with wide links, which offers a bold appearance. The beautifully executed Swiss enamel shows two young maidens in colorful costumes. The bracelet links and enamel panel are both overall in great condition. The clasp is secure.
Length of Bracelet: Approximately 6 7/8"
Width: Approximately 2" (chain)
Swiss Enamel Frame: 2 1/8" x 1 3/8"