Antique Edwardian/WW1 Era D.F Briggs Co. ‘Carmen’ Gold Filled Sweetheart Bracelet
Antique Edwardian Era (c.1901-c.1915) ‘Carmen’ D.F Briggs Gold Filled Sweetheart Bracelet. Bracelet features an etched floral pattern with heart shape center base. The bracelet is signed ‘The D.F.B Co.’, ‘Carmen’, & ‘Made In The USA’ on the inner base shell.
Measurements: 6” inches wide and bracelet is expandable.
Grams: 25 grams
The bracelet is in very good antique condition with minor signs of wear
The bracelet is signed ‘The D.F.B Co’ ‘Carmen’, & ‘Made In The USA’.
History: The D.F.B Briggs Company was founded in Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1892. The company first manufactured their sweetheart bracelets with the name ‘Carmen’. The original markings included “D F B CO”, then became Briggs, Bates & Co in 1922. Along with the McRae & Keeler Company (founded in 1893), they were one of the first to market the sweetheart bracelet style.
The Edwardian Era (c.1901-c.1915) was named after English king Edward VII, and introduced jewelry pieces that were considered sophisticated & 'softer' than previous eras. Popular designs in the Edwardian Era were ornamental motifs, filigree techniques, and delicate lace detailing. Common metals used were platinum, gold, and sterling silver. Monogrammed designs etched in gold filled and sterling setting bases were also popular during the 1900s within the Edwardian . 17th and 18th century architecture & jewelry were inspirations during the Edwardian Era. Ancient periods that helped influence the Edwardian Era included the Roman, French Baroque, & Ancient Greek styles.