A beautifully designed bracelet from the heart of the Jugendstil movement.
Made by Gustav Hauber this panel bracelet is very evocative of late 19th/early 20th century German design. Hauber was a silversmith based in Schwäbisch Gmünd in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Schwäbisch Gmünd was an important centre of jewellery production in the heart of a state known for it metal industries. Hauber started his company in 1870 and the company is still in operation today.
This bracelet is one of the earlier pieces and may date from about the 1890s maybe as late as the 1920s. It is a panel bracelet featuring 10 wide crescent panels, each set with a central ball and inlaid with delicate coils of silver wire – as specialty of Hauber’s work. A large mounted ball makes the housing for the tongue clasp which secures the bracelet, although there is also a safety chain. The piece is marked on the tongue of the clasp with 835 (the standard grade of silver in Germany at the time) and the company mark for Hauber.
Lovely condition when age is taken into consideration. All panels and links are good and the clasp is secure. Being old, low-grade silver and containing filigree work, there is some dullness, but this is not tarnish, merely age
- approx 16 cm (7 inches)
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