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Large Pinchbeck Georgian Bracelet

278D
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“Pinchbeck” is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold ‘effect’ jewellery on a budget.
This bracelet is a good example. It has a hidden clasp which is studded with red paste to imitate garnets. It is not only stylish to wear, but a collector’s piece.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very good

Provenance

English

Materials

Garnet

Item Number

278D

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