Rare Pair Victorian Sleeve Garters in Carved Bog Oak c1885

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An incredible find!  Part of a private antique jewelry collection in upstate NY.  This was the best built and best maintained collection we've ever had the pleasure of seeing. 

This picture shows not bracelets, but sleeve garters. They are made of hand-carved bog oak disks in floral form, separated by faceted French jet (high quality black glass) beads.  They are all strung on what is reportedly the original elastic, and after close study, I'm inclined to agree that they are truly original.  Somewhat stretched out ~ if you care to wear these, restringing is strongly recommended.

The bog oak has a patterned theme.  There is a shamrock and a thistle and a rose, each separated by the single French jet bead. Thanks to the beads' facets, the light plays off the garters beautifully, bringing them another dimension and subtle movement.  The carving on the flowers is lovely and all is in beautiful condition.  You can see the maker's tool marks still on the backs of the disks, although many are rubbed nearly smooth with normal wear and age.


Home Farm Antiques
Bolton Landing, New York
(518) 644-2845