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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    Romania (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    A band of woven silver wire with sheet silver terminals

  • Museum number:

    1295-1873

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This bracelet comes from Wallachia, in the northern Balkans between Romania and Bulgaria. Much of the traditional jewellery from Wallachia has a Central European character, but this bracelet is Ottoman in design and use. Bracelets were not worn as part of traditional dress anywhere in Europe outside the Balkans. The flat band of plaited wire, and the ogival points on the sheet silver ends, can be found on bracelets and belts throughout the eastern Mediterranean area, in those regions which were once part of the Ottoman Empire.

    It was bought for ten shillings at the International Exhibition, London, 1872.

  • Physical description

    Silver bracelet, consisting of a strip of flat interlocking wire, with an ogival terminal of sheet silver at each end. It has a pin fastening, with the pin made of doubled wire which is secured by a bar inside the loop, so that it cannot fall out and be lost.

  • Dimensions

    Length: 160 mm, Width: 26 mm, Depth: 5 mm

  • Descriptive line

    Bracelet of interwoven silver wire with sheet silver terminals and pin fastening, Wallachia (Romania), 19th century.

  • Collection code

    Metalwork Collection