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Original Victorian Slide or Garter Bracelet

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Beautiful original Victorian era slide or "garter" bracelet of Victorian gold plate. Any Victorian jewelry collector needs a garter bracelet for their collection and this is a wonderful period example.

Queen Victoria was raised to show modesty in all things.. As sovereign, she was head of the Knights of the Garter. This chivalric group, the highest order of knighthood in Britain, was formed by Edward II and his son the Prince of Wales in 1348. Membership has always been limited to the sovereign, the Prince of Wales and 24 knight companions or lady companions appointed by the sovereign. Women have been members since early days as have foreign leaders. Members traditionally wear a garter over the left knee where it would be visible while riding on horseback.

Victoria could not imagine anyone even thinking about her legs so she wore the garter on her arm. This heralded a fashion for garter inspired jewelry that remained popular throughout her reign.

This is quite substantial and made from heavy weight flexible gold filled mesh. The embellished rose gold-filled slide has a high relief leaf design in the Roccoco style. End is also rose gold filled with a chain embellishment.

The mesh band of the bracelet measures 1/2” wide and adjusts by the use of the slide to fit any size wrist.wrist. There is one spot approximately 1" from the end where there is a very small bite of mesh missing - also a small spot where a bite of mesh is missing is on the inside of the slide where it attaches to the bracelet. These do not detract from the beauty of this bracelet -- and it is still totally stable and wearable. I would wear it with my Civil War ballgown without hestitation!

Please see my other Victorian era bracelets at http://www.etsy.com/shop/victoriansentiments?section_id=7179684. I've got a great selection of Victorian brooches and other jewelry too!

Original Victorian Slide or Garter Bracelet


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: rose gold, mesh, gold filled
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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