This fabulous buckle bracelet is hallmarked, Chester, England 1883. It is also stamped by the silversmith, Jackson Brother’s jewelers of Birmingham, England.
It is in amazing shape for its age & use and has a good hinge and sound “clamper” style clasp. The opening is approximately 2 1/2”x2 1/4” and the bracelet band is 1” wide.
Bracelets of this age & condition are highly sought after by collectors. And here’s the good news: this particular collector’s piece can be worn & enjoyed!
The buckle, a common decorative motif in the horse world, meant much more in the 19th Century. Generally speaking, these bracelets were given as love tokens, as a symbol of abiding love & commitment between loyal friends, a parent & child or a romantic couple. Depending upon the situation, the buckle could also represent allegiance, virtuosity, or the memory of a loved one. No matter the situation, buckle jewelry indicates an important bond between the wearer and another.
The buckle is an enduring symbol, and copies of this type of bracelet have been produced ever since, and continue to appear on bracelets through modern times.