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Mourning Jewelry: MJ050

GOLDEN SERPENT ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Snake Brooch ): The snake (or serpent) was a popular Victorian romantic image. This stunning and sensuous table worked hair snake brooch (c. 1840) is made over a hard core to form all of the coils and loops involved in the body. Notice how the texture of the woven hair resembles snake scales. The 18KT gold head and tail are ornately engraved and embossed with life-like detailing. Prince Albert designed Queen Victoria’s betrothal ring in the form of a snake with its tail in its mouth – symbolic of everlasting love. The snake also symbolized eternity, guardian spirit and wisdom. There is a hallmark on the brooch just below the snake head that I believe to be an Eagle’s head – the French mark for 18KT gold. The pin-back retains its original C clasp, pin and tube hinge and closes securely. The multiple textures and fine details of this snake brooch exhibit a quality that is quite remarkable. This is a highly desirable collector’s trophy. Condition: Excellent. No hair damage at all. Size: 1 7/8” long, 7/8” high, 1/2” deep.

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