This is such an unusual set of silver bangles with many interpretations as to their history. They were made by the same manufacturer, are in identical boxes and have both been decorated in a rather beautiful fashion with applied and engraved floral designs. As to the flowers, one, at least to my eyes, appears to be decorated with Lily of the Valley which is associated with "return to happiness" and with the virtues of chastity purity. The other bangle is decorated with a rose which has romantic connotations of love and devotion. One of the bangles, the Lily of the Valley one, is very slightly smaller than the Rose bangle.


I am imagining that they could have been given as gifts from a thoughtful Victorian gentleman; the Rose bangle to his wife with its symbolism of romance and the smaller, Lily of the Valley with its chaste and pure interpretations, to his daughter. This is, of course, pure conjecture on my part! Both bangles are hallmarked on the inside from the Birmingham Assay Office with the date letter for 1885 and also bear the maker's mark of HB. They are presented in the original cases of maroon leather with gold coloured tooling and fasteners and with sky blue silk and royal blue velvet interiors. The boxes do, however, show signs of their age but this is to be expected when items are over 130 years old.



Both bangles Hallmarked Birmingham 1885 Fastening with a V snap catch Safety Chain


Rose Bangle:


1.13 inches including beaded edge 2.25 inches wide x 1.88 inches high (iinternal dimensions) Weight = 31.9gms.


Lily of the Valley Bangle:

1.13 inchest wide including beaded edge 2.13 inches wide x 1.75 inches high (internal dimensions) Weight = 31.8gms

Victorian Silver Bangles, Boxed Pair, Hallmarked Birmingham, 1885

SKU: 34

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