Mr. Rook and Friends Bracelet - Birds
The small flock of birds depicted in the three antique buttons on this elegant bracelet includes two herons and a whimsical bird sheltering under an umbrella.
The button with the umbrella bird is probably an ode to a popular children’s storybook, published in 1901, called The Ballad of Mr. Rook. Written by George Wyndham, who at the time was the Chief Secretary of Ireland, the book tells a sweet tale about a family of rooks (small blackbirds) who found a safe home in the author's neighborhood. These lucky birds were even given umbrellas to protect them from the rain.
In this piece, from the ring end:
- One-piece brass openwork button of Mr. Rook, circa 1901
- Steel-backed button with applied brass stamping of a heron catching a fish, circa 1880-90
- One-piece brass button of a heron among the reeds, circa 1880-90
- Three brass-plated pewter settings made in the USA
- Two stamped brass leaf connectors made in the USA
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length is 71/4” to 7 3/4”
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