Heart padlock (or "Gate") bracelets were popular circa 1890-1905, when many variations were mass-produced and sold through mail-order catalogs. Sometimes a gentleman would give one to his lover before he left for a long journey, locking it around her wrist and taking the key with him: this would signal that she was spoken for and was waiting for her love to return. Instead of a key, our version has a self-latching heart-shaped closure that can be opened with a fingernail. The curb chain is 1970's-era vintage and lays flat against the wrist. Bracelet length is 7 1/4", which is a standard size that will fit small to medium-sized female wrists. The smaller faceted chain is a safety mechanism, popularized in the Victorian Era. All parts of the bracelets are brass.