Antique Edwardian Era ‘1907’ Monogrammed Gold Filled Expandable Bracelet
Antique gold filled monogrammed expandable bracelet. Bracelet is signed ‘The American Queen’ and ‘pat. Nov. 5, 1907. The monogrammed initials engraved in the center compartment appears to be ‘B.B’ letters. Although ‘The American Queen’ is signed inside of the bracelet, which is synonymous with the McRae & Keeler Company Sweetheart bracelets, their name is not engraved on the item.
Measurements: 6.5 inches wide without stretch (bracelet is very expandable)
Weight: 9 grams
The Bracelet is in very good antique condition with minor signs of wear due to age
The bracelet is signed ‘The American Queen’ and ‘pat. Nov. 5, 1907’
History: Expandable monogrammed bracelets were popular sentimental gifts during the Victorian & Edwardian Eras. Beginning in the late 19th century, Expandable keepsake bracelets begin to be labeled as ‘sweetheart bracelets’, which originated from the two companies who made the pieces popular. However, monogrammed and engraved expandable bracelets were being manufactured long before sweetheart bracelet styles were produced. The D.F Briggs Company (founded in 1892) and the McRae & Keeler Company (founded in 1893) were Attleboro, Massachusetts based businesses that manufactured the popular sweetheart styles. While many of their signature pieces contained a heart shaped center compartment, there were also various monogrammed center pieces as well. Sweetheart and monogrammed expandable bracelets were commonly used as keepsakes and personalized mementos for loved ones with relatives fighting in wars, sentimental gifts, and older models contained hidden compartments for hair strands and photos.
The Edwardian Era began with the reign of King Edward VII after Queen Victoria’s death in 1901. The Era was defined by its extensive use of filigree designs, innovative platinum jewelry styles, and emphasized femininity. The period was inspired by King Edward’s love for luxury, and previous designs that were popular during the 18th century. Later Victorian Era Jewelry characteristics can be seen in Edwardian jewelry, and elements of the Arts & Crafts Movement as well. Popular Edwardian designs includes ‘dog collars’, ropes of pearls, lavaliere gemstone jewelry, diamond encrusted pieces, and intricately etched/engraved accessories.