6 1/2" inside circumference (but size is flexible, due to construction); buckle is 1 1/8" wide; back tapers to 3/8"
"FORSTNER 1/20 12KT G.F."
This 1940s variation on Forstner’s Retro Modernflexible spiral bracelets is a gold-filled, tapering double-row cuff with a decorative, fixed buckle. The polished finish of the center buckle adds a nice contrast to the coiled sides. Pieces by Forstner were very well made and have retained their quality. This one is especially nice because the construction allows the piece to fit small- to medium-size wrists. Please note that dark areas in the photos are reflections from the camera. I have another gold flexible spiral bracelet by the same maker and a sterling necklace in the same style, by Walter Lampl — scroll down to see them. Several Vogue ads for this company’s flexible spiral bracelets in other styles date these pieces from 1946-1948.
This sterling silver Retro Modern flexible spiral choker by Walter Lampl was the height of style in the mid- to late-1940s. The simplicity of this piece makes it wearable with anything. This well-constructed necklace closes with a tongue-in-groove clasp. This necklace was made for a slim neck. Please note the length (14 1/2"), and measure your neck before making this purchase. The style of the piece affords it a bit of stretch, but I think it looks best without stretching. This necklace was advertised in the May 1947 issue of The Jewelers' Circular - Keystone (a trade publication); the gold-filled and sterling silver versions each cost $4.50, at a time when the average family income in the U.S. was about $50/week. Gene Tierney is wearing this style of necklace in the opening and later scenes of the 1946 movie Leave Her to Heaven. Cate Blanchett wears a gold version in Carol (2015). Scroll down to see two gold flexible spiral bracelets.
This chic and sleek 1940s gold-filled flexible spiral bracelet by Forstner is the epitome of Retro Modern style. This piece can be worn anywhere and with everything! Forstner was known for their flexible spiral bracelets and necklaces, which were also made in solid gold. Please note that dark areas in the photos are reflections of the camera – this piece is in excellent condition. It was advertised in the April 15, 1946 issue of Vogue. I have another of this maker's gold flexible style bracelets as well as a sterling flexible spiral necklace by Walter Lampl — scroll down to see them.