Berlin iron bracelet
A Gothic Revival Berlin iron bracelet, circa 1820. It is quite remarkable that Berlin iron jewellery foundries were able to create beautiful jewels from an industrial base metal. This bracelet is in the vine leaf pattern invented by Geiss, with a floral motif clasp. It has the beautiful gossamer like quality of the best Berlin work. The bracelet is 6.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. The clasp measures 2 and 1/4 inches by 1 and 3/4 inches. In immaculate, rust free condition.
Berlin iron casting tree. Molten iron was poured in to create the individual elements. Extremely delicate and precise casts were achieved. The temperature of the molten iron had to be carefully observed – too high a temperature would cause the delicate elements to break after cooling.