Wordley, Allsopp & Bliss Bracelet, ca. 1945
My husband gave it to me about 25 years ago as an anniversary present.
The bracelet is made by a company that was out of Newark, New Jersey, called Wordley, Allsopp, & Bliss, and we know that because it's signed with a W.A.B. mark. It's 14-karat gold, and natural blue zircon. It was made in about 1945. They were one of that companies that did manufacturing for Tiffany & Company, and they are sort of known for this fleur-form link bracelet. It's really lovely and very sweet and style-irrelevant for today. If I were giving this an auction estimate, I'd likely give it a value in the neighborhood of $1,200 to $1,800.
Wow. Yeah, I didn't think-- I knew he didn't spend more than $100, maybe $200 at the most. (laughing) Because he doesn't spend that much on me every year.
It's beautiful, it's lovely.
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