Victorian Rose Gold Ivory Pique Tortoise Shell Bracelet
A very unique and collectible antique Victorian pique tortoise shell bracelet, circa 1860s featuring a rose gold front panel engraved with lover's initials. M and B in different fonts are engraved in the center oval medallion which is outlined in a pique ivory border. The tortoise shell has gentle curves and beveling to set off the center. Oval curved links close in the back with a buckle style clasp and keeper. Three holes for adjustment allow for the perfect fit. Measuring 7 inches for the longest hols and 6 5/8 inches for the shortest, the bracelet is 1 inch wide in front. In exceptionally great antique condition with the shell very supple and full of color. A true piece of antique history!
Pique is a technique of decorating tortoise shell with fine inlay of gold, silver or other gemstones. Pique has been in and out of fashion since the 16th Century and in the 19th Century it became popular again during the 1820's and the 1870's. Today it is highly collectible.