Bracelets 24.09.2012

Possible John Wood Dodge Miniature

Hairwork Miniature Bracelet

18K solid case and clasp fittings elaborately engraved and enamelled, housing portrait of (yet) unknown sitter of watercolor on ivory with a small surface crack to the ivory.

Hairwork Miniature Portrait Bracelet

This piece came from a Maryland estate, and believed to be painted by John Wood Dodge, American (1807-1893).

Hairwork Miniature Portrait Bracelet

What a magnificent and complete bracelet, with its clasp and hairwork intact. Pieces like this are truly individual, nothing can match or compare to it, because its materials and subject permeate every level of its construction.

Seed Pearl Hairwork Bracelet and Necklace

Note the enamel to the back of the clasp and how the use of enamel was becoming fashionable for larger items of jewellery, after being pushed aside for the lines and art of the neo-classical pieces.

Further Reading
Art of Hairwork 1: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Serpent Clasp
Art of Hairwork 2: Directions for New Beginners
Art of Hairwork 3: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Locket
Art of Hairwork 4: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Acorn Charms
Art of Hairwork 5: Victorian Hairwork Fob Chain With Black Enamel Fittings

Courtesy: Sarah Nehama