A Late Georgian mourning brooch. Designed as an entwined serpent composed of a metal core decorated with two tone hair work representing snake skin with a 15ct gold head and tail end decorated with engraving. The head set with turquoise eyes and inscribed on the reverse ' E.W. Obt 25 mar 1836'. Copper pin. Measurements, length 1 5/8" ( 4.1 cm ), width ( just over ) 5/8" ( 1.6 cm ), depth ( including pin ) 5/16" ( 0.8 mm ). Condition, Very Good. Some minor fraying to the hair and one small loss ( consistent with age ) The gold head and tail end have been acid tested as 15ct gold. Serpents were a popular motif in 1830s jewellery design and were thought to represent ' eternity '. A charming mourning brooch of the period.
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