A beautifully ornate little brooch in the form of two crossed swords atop a snake swallowing its own tail. Actually a fraternal pin denoting Theta Chi, a fraternity founded in 1856 at Norwich University, Vermont (motto: "An assisting hand"), it's a pretty piece regardless of its symbolism.
The hilts of the swords and the rattlesnake's head are set with seven deep pink rubies, the body of the snake is adorned with 13 tiny gleaming seed pearls. It's a beautifully detailed little piece, from the head of the snake to the scales on its body and the decorative sword hilts.
The back is marked "AN S.T.V." and "60" (or possibly "09").
In excellent vintage condition, very clean with minimal wear.
Size: 1.7 x 1.2cm.
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