French Victorian Agate Cameo Bracelet & Ivory Box

Value (2009) | $12,000 Retail

This is my great-great-great- grandmother's bracelet. She got it on her honeymoon. My great-great-great-grandfather bought it for her in Paris in 1857. Their daughter Jane wore the bracelet, and we think around 1870 she purchased this box to put it in, because she thought that was ugly. (laughs) So this is the box that it has lived in since about 1870. It was passed down to my mother, who passed it down to me.

You've given us a lot of information. One of the things is the date, 1857, which makes it mid-Victorian, absolutely correct. It was purchased in Paris. Perfect, because it's got hallmarks on the tongue that tells us that it is French and who the maker is. The other thing is these beautiful little agate cameos. These are actually carved from one piece of agate which has many colors, and the carver has to cut through to get to the white, which most people don't realize. They think this is just stuck on, but it's not. They're also encircled in rose-cut diamonds, and there's some black enamel. Now, the ivory box. I love the box. What I love about it is that it really depicts what the Victorians were doing in the 1880s. Here you have carved flowers. The Victorians loved to put everything on something, and this is a great example of a Victorian jewelry box. Now, if your great-great-great- grandfather went to Paris today, I would say he would spend, retail, about $8,500 for a bracelet like this. And the ivory box-- I think today you would have to spend about $3,500 for that ivory box. It's beautiful.

I'm very pleasantly pleased. This just sits out on my dresser. Thank you so much.

You're very...

I'm just... I'm thrilled.

Appraisal Details

Skinner, Inc.
Boston, MA
Appraised value (2009)
$12,000 Retail
Denver, CO (July 25, 2009)

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