Pinchbeck is an early form of brass named for its inventor, Christopher Pinchbeck, an 18th century London-based watchmaker. This c. 1800 bracelet is crafted in the so-named metal which was developed in the 1700s as an affordable alternative to gold. The bracelet has a gorgeous, ornate Georgian chain with long hollow tube-shaped links embossed with a floral pattern and interstitial lengths of ultra complex cable chain. The bracelet fastens with a stunning handclasp adorned with a turquoise forget me not at the cuff and a lovely red spinel ring on its finger. The hand grips a serpent in the shape of a ring. The snake's body is accented with crosshatched scales, its head rests in the palm of the hand.
Pinchbeck, 1.8mm square cut red spinal, 6 2mm turquoise cabochons
Very good - was probably a necklace originally and shortened into a bracelet at some point in history
1714 — 1837
The best “costume jewelry” during the Georgian era was pinchbeck, a top-secret formula that looked — and wore — just like gold.