Idolized, symbolized and worshiped for centuries, lions are believed to embody strength, courage, nobility and leadership. It's no wonder they have become such a popular jewelry motif!
The Ancient Egyptians were one of the first to immortalize the king of the jungle in their jewelry, however, it was British illustrator and cartoonist John Tenniel who elevated the symbol of the lion -- particularly the British lion -- in the Victorian era.
Tenniel's illustrations for "The Herdsman and the Lost Bull" in 1848 thrust the iconic imagery of the British lion into the limelight and soon lions began making an appearance in nearly every artistic form available.
This expertly crafted 12k gold filled bangle features a 3-dimensional roaring lion centerpiece surrounded by beautiful art nouveau scroll work. Ruby red faceted glass pieces adorn the lion's eyes while he clutches a clear glass rhinestone in his open mouth.
Roaring lions traditionally are seen as a symbol of power, prestige and courage.
The back of the bracelet has been engraved with the initials M.M. and the date 1911. Bracelet also has a side hinge and a push clasp for ease of wear.
This spectacular piece was made and sold by the Bates and Bacon Company, one of the oldest and most legendary jewelry makers of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is marked with a patent date of Dec. 26, 1905.
Date: 1910s Materials: 12k gold over brass, glass Measurements: Inside: 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" Opening: 1 3/8" Markings: Bates & B; Pat'd Dec.26.05 Condition: Very Good Bangle has light surface scratches consistent with age and use. Some of the gold filled layer is starting to come off of the ornamentation. It is mostly noticeable under magnification and not so much to the naked eye. One of the screws holding the ornamentation on has lost its screw head and there is a visible small hole. It does not affect the integrity of the piece.