Exquisite Victorian Stag Panel Bracelet Carved Antler Antique circa 1850 Ivory Coloured by Graf von Erbach-Erbach in Odenwald or Kehrer family
A superb antique hand carved deer antler elasticated panel bracelet with exquisite detail and brown enamel highlighting.
This is an outstanding example of hand carved jewellery most probably produced in the Black Forest region of Germany or perhaps Brienz in Switzerland, possibly by the workshop of the Graf von Erbach-Erbach in Odenwald, and the Kehrer family at Erbach, Ernst (working 1830-40) and his son Edouard (1812-63). They were made from around 1830 to 1860. Examples can be seen in the jewellery collection of the British Museum, London. (ref 1). The bracelet dates from the middle of the 19th century in the Victorian period circa 1850. It would have most likely have been purchased as a memento of the Grand Tour.
It is made up of a large central hexagonal panel and three smaller rectangular panels, each panel is carved in a curve in order for it to sit neatly on the wrist. In between each panel is a pair of drilled and carved spherical spacers. The elastic runs through each spacer and holes and slots in each carved panel.
The main panel features a running stag, or hart, with large antlers in front of a tree, there is foliage behind, all set in a brown highlighted frame with a chain type design of interwoven twisting vine stems. The six corners of the main panel are carved with decorative rosettes with star or snowflake detail that are slightly reminiscent of sea urchins. This rosette or snowflake design is repeated on each of the rectangular panels. The two rectangular sections on either side of the main one feature seated female deer or does framed by delicate foliage. The back panel has a simpler design and features more of the twisted stem decorated with the contrasting brown enamel.
The main central panel is of a curved offset hexagonal shape and measures 1 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) height and 2 inches wide ( 5.0 cm), 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm) across the horizontal corners. The internal circumference of the bracelet is approx 6 inches and the elastic thread gives it plenty of stretch to fit an average size wrist.
This is a wonderful example of this type of jewellery, usually produced in the Black Forest, Germany and by an extremely skillful carver.
The bracelet is in very good condition with minor wear or flaking to the brown enamel and possible very minor chips to the edges of the fine carved detail of the rosettes. An exceptional piece of Victorian era jewellery.
Internal circumference 6 inches (15 cm) minimum expands to 13 inches (33 cm) plus.
Main hexagonal panel height 1 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) across the corners
Main hexagonal panel width 2 1/4 inches (4.8 cm) across the corners
Rectangular panels 1 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) long x 7 /8 inches (2.1 cm) high
Ball spacer diameter 1/4 inch (0.6m cm)
1. Gere et al 1984 / The Art of the Jeweller, A Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum