EGYPTIAN REVIVAL BANGLE
A very unusual bangle in the Egyptian Revival taste, reportedly made in France, testing as 18ct, but without French marks. The front bears a scarab beetle, inlaid with lapis-lazuli, rolling a ball representing the sun, as without which the sun would not rise every morning; an image of a Pharoah, the borders and back of the bangle bearing the Ankh symbol for long life. The bangle is solid gold, not hollow as some Victorian bangles are. There are three main periods of Egyptian Revival-the first being the battle of the Nile in 1805. Although it influenced furniture design, I have never seen Egyptian Revival jewellery from this period. The next craze for Egyptiana was the opening of the Suez Canal in 1879, for which Verdi was commissioned to write Aida, and the third was the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in 1923, which influenced much Art Deco design. The bangle is hinged and opens in traditional middle-east fashion with a pull-out pin, which is perfectly secure, and weighs 41.3 grams.