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Ref  CS1   Aluminium

Rare aluminium and gilt bracelet, French, circa 1860, stamped on the clasp DV for Henri-Etienne Deville. Aluminium, in its first decades of use in jewellery in the 19th century, was more expensive than gold. The element was considered a scientific marvel and in the 1850's extraordinary experiments were made using aluminium by French jewellers. At the Paris Exhibition of 1855, pieces made from aluminium caused a sensation. This bracelet is comprised of textured aluminium elements surmounting gilt metal settings, with a central pendant drop. It is 6 and 2/3 inches long and 2/3 of an inch wide. The centre pendant drop is 2 inches in length. In immaculate condition and in original fitted case. For similar, see  Gere and Rudoe's Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria.

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