Bracelets of this type were produced in China for the local and export markets around 1900. This example is of unusually high quality. It comprises five hinged segments or sections of gilded (gold-plated) silver wire mesh which has been finely and evenly woven. Each segment is raised and inset with an oval coral cabochon surrounded by applied Canton enamelled gilded silver floral work.
The bracelet opens with a press-stud mechanism. It retains its original gilded safety chain.
The bracelet is in excellent condition. The gilding has softened over time and so now has a particularly pleasing subtle hue.
Herridge, E., Bringing Heaven to Earth: Chinese Silver Jewellery and Ornament in the Late Qing Dynasty, Ianthe Press/Paul Holberton Publishing, 2016.