Vintage Peruvian Silver Bracelet?
Rosalia's Peruvian Bracelet
~ question submitted by Christina in Maryland, USA
Vintage Peruvian Silver Bracelet with Faces in High Relief
Hi there! I just received this bracelet that belonged to my great grandmother. ~ question submitted by Christina in Maryland, USA Peruvian Sterling Silver Bracelet 12grams 7 Inches
I found one exactly like it online, and the seller dates it to the 1940s. I would like to know if that is the right date, how many were made, and by whom. Also, I am wondering how an American would have been most likely to acquire one.
It has square silver links depicting different figural heads in high relief against an etched background. It is marked INDUSTRIA PERUANA (JLB, I think) 900 on the back of one of the links, which measure 1 7/8" x 1 3/8". It has a pin & groove closure.
My guess from the stylized representation of the faces (including the smiling llama or alpaca!) is that these bracelets were made for the tourist or export industry.
I do not know if my great grandmother or anyone in her family or circle of friends would have traveled to Peru, but I suppose it is possible.
She lived in New York all her life, was a dress model, and had a flair for unique fashion. So, it is easier to imagine her buying it in the States. She was born around 1900 or shortly after.
I will appreciate any info! Many thanks.