Antique India Bracelet, Vauk Armlet, Madhya Pradesh, Low Grade Silver, 249.5 Grams
RARE: Early 20th century, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, armlet, bracelet.
This is a low grade silver armlet (50% approx.) called Vauk, traditionally worn by Maharatta and Gujarati women of the Raval community.
The semi flexible body of a broad, braided low grade silver wire band, and hand drawn by a master craftsman, has a central focal ornament, a beautifully etched domed stylized open lotus flower, behind which is the concealed closing device.
The bracelet opens slightly by a sliding pin and is semi flexible to stretch open a little. It is large enough to slip over the hand. It is quite heavy and very loose to wear at the wrist.
You will note in listing photo No. 6 that there has been brass reinforcement along Upon closing edge of the bracelet. Upon close examination there has not been any damage or any of the wires come loose - so I am not sure why this has been reinforced. Once the bracelet is closed this brass section is not visible when wearing.
It can be worn halfway up the forearm (as detailed in the last listing photo). It can also be worn on the upper arm - as a armlet as it was originally made for.
Inside diameter: 7 cm (2 3/4")
Inner Circumference : 21 cm (8 1/2")
Height of the bracelet: 6 cm (2 1/2")
Weight: 274.6 Grams (9.685 oz)
Tested for Low grade silver - 50% approx.