When I spotted this bracelet in a group of vintage enameled jewelry pieces, this was one piece of jewelry I was not going to walk away from it very easily.
What's was so great about this piece of jewelry?
The bracelet was a bit unusual since it had two dog crystal charms on it. One charm was the image of a Fox Terrier the other was a Boston Terrier.
The Boston Terrier breed originated around 1870, when Robert C. Hooper of Boston purchased a dog known as Hooper's Judge, who was of a Bull and Terrier type lineage. Judge's specific lineage is unknown, however, Hooper's Judge is either directly related to the original Bull and Terrier breeds of the 1700s and early 1800s, or Judge is the result of modern English Bulldogs being crossed into terriers created in the 1860s for show purposes, like the White English Terrier.
The information about the Boston Terrier is consistent within the time line when the Essex Charms were being handcrafted on both sides of the Atlantic. Both in Great Britain and in the US in the 1800's through early 1900's.
Checking on the prices of these charms I found that these are priced somewhere in the price range of $250.00 each.
I'm not quite sure what i would do if a customer wants to break up the bracelet and only purchase one of the charms.
We'll be looking for new items this weekend I'll post our latest finds. a maybe as story or two about our hunt.
Have a great weekend!
Craig and Sandy Watanabe