Antique Edwardian Era D.F. Briggs Co. ‘Carmen’ Gold Filled Sweetheart Bracelet
Antique Edwardian Era (c.1901-c.1915) gold filled ‘Carmen’ bracelet from the D.F. Briggs Company. Bracelet features expandable gold filled metal links and engraved flower etching details located on a heart shaped center. Bracelet is marked ‘The D.F.B Co.’, ‘Carmen’, & ‘Made In The U.S’ on three separate links.
Measurements: 6 inches wide without stretch (Bracelet is very expandable)
Weight: 8 grams
The bracelet is in very good antique condition with minor patina and signs of wear to metal due to age
The Bracelet is signed ’The D.F.B Co.’, ‘Carmen’, & ‘Made In The U.S’
History: The D.F Briggs Company was founded in 1892 in Attleboro, Massachusetts & were one of the first companies to manufacture the ‘sweetheart bracelet’ style. The D. F. B Company named their sweetheart bracelets, ‘Carmen’. The sentimental bracelets were originally worn as fashionable accessories for Victorian children & ladies, and became known as keepsake accessories, often times to remember loved ones. During the World Wars, Sweetheart bracelets were worn by the relatives of soldiers. When dating D.F.B Carmen bracelets, older ones are marked ‘D.F.B Co’. The company changed its name to Briggs, Bates, & Bacon Co. during the early 1920’s, and began to display a different hallmark than its original one .
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.