A Memorable Trip - Bohemian Garnet Bracelet
The Victorians were inveterate collectors and eager travelers. Orchestrated tours or wandering off the beaten track on solo journeys seeking adventures was the raison d'être of many a wealthy individual. The advent of the railroad allowed even the less well-to-do access to places such as the seashore. Souvenirs and keepsakes commemorating events, travel destinations and even love were among the most cherished objects of the time. Entire industries developed as a consequence of tourists and their penchant (perhaps mania) for memorabilia to immortalize the event or place.
This antique bracelet is designed in the form of a book or Bible. The catch is rendered as the ornately decorated book spine and accented with raised bands of Bohemian garnets. The bracelet is composed of ten filigree gilt metal plaques (each attached with a piano hinge) which individually spell out the word “souvenir” in individual capital letters. The front and back “panels” of the book are ornamented with fiery red Bohemian garnets in the configuration of a Latin cross.
Like a miniature traveling trunk, the wonderful original box is of maroon leather with brass studs and a fancy hinged clasp and hasp. The interior is lined with cream colored silk and velvet.
Condition: Overall very good to excellent; interior souvenir panels are a bit paler in color than end panels. Box is very good; some staining; small side tear; wear to bottom as expected with age and use.
Measurements: When worn bracelet is 7-1/8 inches (18 cm) in length by 7/8 of an inch (2.3 cm) in width. This antique bracelet has a weight of 27.8 grams (17.9 dwt).
Date: Circa 1880
Overall Scale: Medium to large
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