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Unusually Heavy Silver-Gold Plated Bracelet /Draped Fabric Design/Marked "KCR"/Circa 20th Century

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    Posted 7 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    This is a really interesting piece. I found it in the jewelry case at GW. It was priced the highest of all the pieces in the case at twenty dollars. Most things are under ten and five. It's really heavy for it's size (almost 1/4 lb.) and it's roughly a 2 1/2"x 2 1/4" oval shape. That's very small for a bracelet. I can't even get four fingers through it. It has a very simple draped fabric design. There's also a slight gold wash to it as well. The only mark is "KCR". What I found out online from a Victorian Edwardian jewelry site is that it might mean sterling. They had a lily pad pair of ear rings with the same mark. (http://www.vintagejewelryonline.com/cmstore/product_detail.php?id=as00534)
    This might be something very good indeed ! -Mike-

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Smaller wrists back then. Mike you find some really fun items at your GW. I think my next road trip needs to be to Ohio!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Thanks val:)....so you really think it's that old....cool ! There are some very good stores here but we have our dry spells too. Summer is feast or famine with all the garage sales.
    3. pops52 pops52, 7 years ago
      Hey Mike, Taking in consideration its fashioned as a draped fabric, could it possibly be a antique napkin ring? Maybe?
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Too large for that pops52 :).. It would fit a child or a small women's wrist. The weight is really heavy too.
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Mike - I don't know. 2.5" works as a bracelet. Someone will recognize your KCR mark.
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Take a look at the ear rings here. They have the same mark but no maker. That's why I think it's an older piece.

      http://www.vintagejewelryonline.com/cmstore/product_detail.php?id=as00534)
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Well honestly those earrings are ugly. Not near as interesting as this bracelet. Could you retake the picture w/light background?
    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Here you go val :) Since I can't actually put it on I thought this would give you the size and scale of it.
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Thanks Ken:)...I hope so.
    10. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      Mike you are on fire with the finds!!!
    11. RussTenale RussTenale, 7 years ago
      Mike. How heavy is it?
    12. RussTenale RussTenale, 7 years ago
      I never heard KCR is a mark for sterling. And silver is very heavy? Just thinking here :)
    13. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the the loves :) Yes it is very heavy. As a reference, slightly less than a quarter stick of butter. You would definitely know you're wearing it ! Very sure about the mark as well. It is KCR. According to one Victorian jewelry site it means sterling but I haven't read about that reference anywhere else. It was probably mistaken for someone's initials or I think it would have been priced much higher. It also looks like it has a gold cast to it. Maybe even a bit of gold on top ?? Not something I could pass up without regrets. -Mike-
    14. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Thanks Lisa :).....Not too disappointed at all.It's still a nice piece of costume that's at least partially real. It wouldn't be worth too much even if it were solid silver. Maybe 50-70 bucks melt value assuming it weighs 4 oz or so. A well known designer might raise the price more I would think. That's probably why I didn't find any other references to KCR except that site. I try to find at least 3 confirmed sources before I would say for sure. Which I didn't. So I've always been skeptical. That's why I always use the the terms...I think...might...and maybe. -Mike-
    15. RussTenale RussTenale, 7 years ago
      Kim Roos?
      KCR designs jewlery?
    16. RussTenale RussTenale, 7 years ago
      from my own experience, if you are gonna start playing the precious metals game at GW, you better be able to tell with your eyes closed :)
    17. RussTenale RussTenale, 7 years ago
      Mike ... Just to clarify ... I spoke of my own experience, not being educated on jewelry ... I just try to stay away from the jewelry case, but every so often I do fond nice silver bracelets, some mexico taxco ones. My only test is look for mark and I carry a magnet ...
    18. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Hi Russ :)....I agree about the magnet and a good magnifying glass or loupe too. It's just a fun new tangent I'm off on. It's all about the hunt and maybe finding a treasure. I know I can always count on the CW members to set me straight if I'm wrong....lol.

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