VICTORIAN CHARM BRACELET 14K $2.5 GOLD PIECE 3c PIECES
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An interesting charm bracelet that was actually put together in Victorian times which makes it quite a rarity. It includes a piece of the first transatlantic cable made in 1858 and is encases in gold to be a charm. More about this below. It also includes a pair of earrings with paste center stone and garnets, a heart shaped goldstone piece with minor chip, a pair of gold leaves as a earring in 14k, an enameled charm in 14k with a crown above and a suspended CE enameled in white below it, an 1856 2 1/2 dollar gold piece or quater eagle AU with loop on top, both dated 1852 (twins?), a georgian ring in 14K gold initialed DL, a beautiful locket circa 1860 with picture of woman, large heavy ring stamped 18k but appears to have a core of some other material, a heart shaped thin gold shaped charm on a 14K bracelet. 7" in length and weighs a healthy 1.7 ounces. Circa 1870 and a really find!
This bracelet features an actual piece of the transatlantic cable. In 1858 when a portion of the cable failed, one of the promoters of the transatlantic cable project sold a quantity of the unused cable to Tiffany & Co., to be cut into small pieces and sold as souvenirs. This maybe a part of that sale. A small gold ring has been placed around the cable. This is an amazing piece of history. It is safe to say that telegraphs are largely forgotten, however, they hold an important place in the timeline of worldwide telecommunications. A fantastic and interesting piece of history for a wide variety of hobbyists! Most of us don't think twice about picking up the phone and reaching someone in Germany in a matter of seconds. We often forget that less than 150 years ago, if one wanted to do business in Europe, one got on a boat for two weeks because the only way to do business was in person. Perhaps the biggest force in making worldwide commerce relatively simple was the laying of the transatlantic cable in 1866, which made communication first via telegraph, then by phone possible. American Heritage writer Gordon (The Business of America) chronicles the quest to lay the cable, offering a fascinating account that will appeal to history buffs and businesspersons alike. On one level, it's a purely historical account of the battle to navigate the ocean's floor and to figure out not only what should be inside the cable but also how to keep it in place. On another level, by focusing on entrepreneur Cyrus Field, the author traces what was in essence a venture capital deal. He begins with Field gathering wealthy investors the initial funding was equal to 2.5% of the entire federal budget and ends, after 12 years and five distinct failures, with all of them striking it rich.
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