Today I am selling a stunning Victorian turquoise and pearl snake brooch. The serpent is twisted into a figure 8 and lined with Persian turquoise cabochons with three leaf like tendrils set with seed pearls. Two tiny red paste stones form the eyes and hanging from the mouth is a small heart charm set with both turquoise cabs and a pearl in the center. The back of the heart has a tiny glass covered compartment, empty now but ready for a bit of hair. The metal acid tests as low grade silver with a pale gold wash and a semi circular section behind the hinge mechanism is an old repair done in 10 karat gold. The pin is tight and stays closed securely in the safety clasp, which is a later replacement.
CONDITION: Good for its age. All turquoise cabochons are intact but several are discolored and a few seem to be glass replacements. Nacre wear to the seed pearls. Both paste eyes are present. Tiny nicks to the edges of two of the turquoise. Some of the gold wash on the silver has been worn off, and there is general tarnish along the edges and on the back. As stated in the description above, there is a repaired section on the back and the safety clasp is a later replacement.
CIRCA: Late Victorian Era
MEASUREMENTS: a little over 1 1/4 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches tall including heart drop