Quite a lot of gold-mining jewellery was produced during the various gold-rushes of the late 19th century in America, Australia and South Africa. Some were made locally, but I believe many were made in Birmingham, the centre for inexpensive jewellery throughout the 19th century, and shipped out to the 'colonies' as South Africa was at the time. Either this was made for an un-successful miner, or he was a cheap-skate gift-giver, as unusually this bangle is in gilt-metal. It has all the usual accoutrements - pick, shovel, rope and bucket, and the bracelet is effectively a spring which pulls open a little to get the bangle on to the wrist. Gold-mining jewellery is collected, and this is unusual for not being a brooch, and for not being gold!
Antiques.co.uk Ref: UEUEQJ6DN
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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