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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I have this cuff bracelet and don't remember where I got it. Possibly in a box of jewellery given to me or bought at a garage sale? The metal looks to be brass and the filagree could be silver although when tested it didn't pass the silver test. there is patena on the underside like milky powder or copper? I haven't cleaned it but tempted! Measure 8 inches closed with an early hinge hence the shape. I love it, but would love your ideas. Could it be Victorian Etruscan? Thanks for all your interest..and comments..blingiton1948

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    1. Stillwater Stillwater, 6 years ago
      Its not real filigree actually, that was all stamped out
    2. blingiton1948 blingiton1948, 6 years ago
      Hi Stillwater: I see that filligree is really little beads webbed into a design. What would you call this and how would you describe it then? Do you have any idea of date or origin? Thank you. blingiton1948
    3. Stillwater Stillwater, 6 years ago
      Well I guess filigree has recently been used to describe any fine metalwork, but it used to mean (and this is why it was desirable and valuable) was fine 800 silver strip that was hand-laid. Here's an example:

      All of those little strips of silver were INDIVIDUALLY hand curled and soldered, all those ingot beads were dripped on one by one, its extremely time-consuming. Thats why, nowadays, you only see REAL filigree coming from countries with low labor costs, mainly India. Its just extremely time-consuming. Your bracelet was actually all stamped out in one piece, made to imitate the old hand-work. Its silver-plated brass too, thats why it didn't pass the silver test.
    4. blingiton1948 blingiton1948, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much Stillwater. Yes I can this being a tedious and time-consuming job..thanks for the link. So my silver-plated brass bracelet is not really a prized item?
      I like the whole concept and style..I think it must be old though. NO? I would love to sit it a room together and pick your brain..thanks again...Blingiton1948

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