Riker Brothers Gold Bracelet, ca. 1900
This bracelet was given to me on my birthday, passed down to me from my mother, and it came from her aunt, and it was passed to her from her mother.
Okay, and do we know what country they came from?
My great-grandparents were from Germany.
It's actually an American piece. It's by a company called Rikers, they're based in Newark, New Jersey. You can actually see it on the clasp. There is a "14K," which is the American gold mark. And underneath, there is a mark for Rikers, which is a sword with an "R" above it.
And this was done in about 1900s. The piece is in the Art Nouveau style. It shows a dragon set with old-mine diamonds. It's all done in 14-karat yellow gold. Did you have any idea as to a value on the piece? Has anyone ever told you anything about it?
No, I took it to have it just evaluated because we weren't sure, and someone did tell me that they were old diamonds. But they weren't willing to give me an appraisal.
The conservative price on this, that the piece would probably fetch, is around $8,000 to $10,000.
Did you like that? It's an incredible piece. I mean, it really is. It's absolutely superb.
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