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HM B'HAM 1911 "Mizpah" Sterling Cuff Bracelet w Biblical Inscription

HM B'HAM 1911 "Mizpah" Sterling Cuff Bracelet w Biblical Inscription

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1920: Item # 1426699
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Sentimental sterling bangle bracelet bearing the biblical Mizpah inscription, signifying an emotional bond between two people physically separated due to acts of war or other calamities. It would typically be given by a lover about to be parted from his beloved. The word "Mizpah" is in raised lettering while the engraved inscription "The Lord When Between We are Me & Absent One Thee From Another" is inscribed beneath. The inscription is flanked by a carved shield and a single flower with attached leaves on either side. The literal meaning of Mizpah is "watchtower" or "lookout" in Hebrew, and references the covenant between Jacob and Laban. It comes from The Old Testament, Genesis 31:49 and thus has appeal for Christians and Jews alike. Such a bracelet would be given to someone as a token of love or friendship. The Mizpah inscription is engraved on the front of the bracelet. Our sterling silver Mizpah bangle is hallmarked to the year 1911, Birmingham, England, and measures 7 1/4 in. diameter along the outside and will fit a medium to large wrist.