Jardin D'Encre - Berlin Iron Bracelet
Elements of an inky garden of lace-like iron are astoundingly combined in this Berlin iron antique bracelet. Dating to the earlier part of the 19th century, Berlin iron was used for jewelry and accessories from the late 18th through the mid 19th century. As the Napoleonic War swept across Europe, royals and bourgeoisie alike emptied coffers of jewels all for their country. Clever jewelers utilized simple black lacquered steel in place of precious metals and gems to create fantastic imagery for adornment. So popular and revolutionary, this type of jewelry was even exhibited during the 1861 Exhibition in London. Pieces now reside in museums throughout the world such as England’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Here a very scarce form in flower motifs with central petals stacked as though in a formal cake. Artful curves and leaves adorn the sides. An adjustable clasp at the back makes this bracelet wearable by almost all.
Measurements: Length is adjustable on the wrist. Will fit a wrist of about 6 to about 7 inches, as the clasp is adjustable with 4 settings. 2-5/16 inches (5.8 cm) at the widest by 3/8 inches (1 cm) in height in the center off the wrist Weight of 36.9 grams (23.7 dwt).
Condition: Excellent with nothing of note.
Date & Origin: Circa 1810 – 1820 and is most likely German or French in origin.
Note: See the book Cut-Steel and Berlin Iron Jewellery by Anne Clifford for more on Berlin Iron.
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