A modernist copper cuff bracelet made by Art Smith.
The bracelet has an organic wave shaped design and features an abstract oval hole with a raised edge on the front. The edge of the cut out and the edges of the bracelet are a warm copper, with a darker swath through the center. The cuff is nearly cylindrical shape with an opening at the back to fit around the wrist.
There are some small scuffs and areas of discoloration on the exterior of the cuff.
The interior of the cuff is mostly dark black/green in color from the patina. There is an engraved signature which reads "Art Smith".
The necklace features a vertical chain of ten (10) interlocking sterling silver rings extending from a circular necklace. There are four (4) flat, oblong pieces with rounded ends set horizontally through the vertical chain, with each piece decreasing in size from the top to the bottom. The circular necklace is composed of three pieces of sterling silver. The top or back piece, which would fit behind the neck, connects at each end with a nearly closed hook clasp to holes set into the front right and front left pieces, both of which extend to curved hooks at the other end. The hooks interlock with each other to close the necklace at the center, from which the vertical chain is extended.
The name "Art Smith" is imprinted into the back of the left side piece near the clasp in a cursive font, with "STERLING" below the name.
There are a few areas with small scuffs and scratches.
This bracelet was made around 1945, the same year Winifred Mason Chenet spent five months in Haiti studying the island's art and culture. Chenet had been awarded a Rosenwald Fellowship grant, "to gather folk material and basic art patterns used by West Indians and to express these feelings in jewelry." The design of this bracelet, with the thin strands of copper wrapped around copper pegs in a criss-crossign diamond pattern, may have been inspired by the peg drums Chenet saw in Haiti.
A copper and brass bracelet made by Winifred Mason Chenet.
The bracelet is made of a curved band of copper with an opening of approximately two inches so that it can be placed on the wrist. The bracelet has two thin brass bands set on top of the copper, running horizontally through the center of the bracelet, breaking the copper up into three (3) section. There are six (6) raised copper dots across the top 1/3 of the bracelet and six (6) across the bottom 1/3 of the bracelet. Two (2) raised copper wires wrap around the raised copper dots, connecting top to bottom in a diamond pattern.
The bracelet has some scuffs, scratches, and areas of discoloration. On the underside of the bracelet there are more scratches and areas of discoloration. The backs of the raised copper dots can be seen. At the back center is a double imprint of [chenet].