Triad of Virtues: Faith, Hope & Charity Bracelet
Bracelets such as this were worn as a sort of talisman with its triad of virtues motif of “faith, hope and charity” in the form of carved horn amulets of a cross, anchor and heart. Popular in the mid to later Victorian era, this theme clad in meaning was seen in all types of jewelry.
Here we have a wonderful example of a link bracelet using horn. Carved twin circles of white horn have been linked together to fashion a marvelously large bracelet. Although visually quite substantive, it is remarkably light in weight and would be easily mistaken for its sister material, ivory. The modern spring-type clasp is silver gilt in yellow gold and can be placed on the end or any other link to fit most any wrist size.
Condition: Very good to excellent. Light wear and very slight age coloration to the horn as expected with age and use. A modern spring ring clasp has been added.
Measurements: 10-1/4 inches (25.5 cm) in length including the dangles. It averages about 8-1/4 inches (20.5 cm) when worn. The links average 1-3/4 inches (1.9 cm) in diameter and can fit almost any wrist. This antique bracelet has a weight of 37.3 grams.
Date & Origin: Circa 1860 – 1870 and is most likely English in origin.