Cameo bracelet

probably Italian
about 1860


Overall: 3.5 x 20 x 2.2 cm (1 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold metal and shell

Not On View




Bracelets and armlets

The four cameos in this bracelet are carved in unusually high relief. Each one illustrates a mythological scene.They are set in decorative and shaped bezels, surrounded by a beaded metal wire and an openwork repeating design of stylized leaves separated by balls. Each cameo element is attached by small loops to a pierced and embelished metal element making it flexible. It has a tab and tongue clasp.

There is also a repair to one of the links that holds two sections together. It is the link in between the end cameo (not the tongue end piece).


There appears to be a mark on at least two of the cameo sections. They are located on the outside of the flat oval ring on the underside of the piece. They are very worn and hard to tell what they may be.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection