1930s Art Deco Tank Tread Glass Paste Bracelet
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver tone setting has a bright patina with some surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Paste stones are bright with minimal darkening and faceting is crisp and refractive.
* Paste stones are all in place and look original.
* Clasp is secure and original with original safety chain.
Mark No mark
Weight 30 grams
Material Alloy (does not test for silver or gold content), glass
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Classic "tank tread" designed links show the influence of war time on jewelry design.
* Added touch of inset tiny paste gives the sturdy links a delicate shimmer.
* Solidly constructed, yet still thin, the links pivot and drape smoothly across your wrist.
On the Machine-Age Movement. The machine age movement began in the United States after World War I, when there was an explosion of industry and technology including skyscrapers, automobiles, airplanes, and streamlined, metallic trains. Artists and jewelry makers, inspired by the newfangled aesthetics and Zeitgeist around this modern landscape, created machine age jewelry. These pieces featured the clean, efficient lines of machines and the sheen of metal. They allowed people to express with fashion the excitement of the modern age.
On Art Deco. Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, that influenced the design of buildings, furniture, fashion and of course, jewelry. The movement was given a name from the international exposition of Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, that was held in Paris in 1925 and largely dedicated to the jewelry arts. Born out of ideas of modernism and the Industrial Age, this manifested into designs that used Cubism's bold abstraction and rectilinear shapes and combined them with intricate patterning, bold color and symmetry. High-end jewelry design houses like Cartier and Boucheron set the trends in gold and gemstones, which were then emulated by costume jewelry companies in glass or perhaps plastics, and brought to the masses.