Wonderful Meiji Japanese Mixed Metal Bracelet & Pin 3pc Set
Presented is a spectacular Japanese mixed metal jewelry set. This set is done in the mixed metal tradition which, some would argue, was perfected in Japan. The set is comprised of a bracelet and two pins. One pin is in the form of a fan, the other is in the shape of a diamond. The bracelet has seven round links. The links have a black matte background into which the artist set silver, gold, copper and perhaps bronze to form various scenes. This same technique is used on the pins as well, though they feature different scenes from the bracelet. The scenes depicted in the bracelet include: homes at the foot of a mountain, presumably Mt. Fuji; cranes next to a full moon; grapes on the vine; bamboo; and swallows or another small type of bird in flight. The metals set into the black background are primarily silver and gold. Both pins close with rollover clasps.Each piece in this collection is stamped JAPAN. These pieces were undoubtedly produced between 1900 to the 1930s. This is an excellent set for the collector and it is in fine condition. There is some loss of silver plating to the setting of the bracelet but this is minor. All of the individual links on the bracelet and the two pins have a fantastic patina. The silver has nicely darkened with age, and these pieces should not be polished. They have the perfect look that the maker was intending. They can easily be worn. There are no chips, no cracks, no breaks, no repairs, and no problems of any kind.
The bracelet is 7 1/4 inches long. The pins are both 1 3/8 inches