19th C. Grand Tour Sterling Silver Lava Cameo Bracelet
This bracelet is a souvenir of a gentleman's Grand Tour, a form of tourism and an educational rite of passage popular during the Victorian era. The sterling silver bracelet is made up of 7 oval segment with carved cameo, lava rock of various colors. Every segment is composed of lava-rock, a sterling silver oval base and gold wire work framing. There is beautiful intaglio work on each segment. Each segment of different earth tone, or natural lava rock, has a different chariot engraving. Some of the drivers of the carriages are depicted carrying a bow-and-arrow or a javelin; others are led by winged horses. The subjects of each are fascinating. A nice piece of history, circa 1880. The bracelet measures 8 inches around; each lava stone segment is approximately 3/4 of an inch. A wonderful antique bracelet is great condition.
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