This is an unusual circa 1900 Arts and Crafts era hand made copper chain mail and brass snake cloak clasp. The body of the snake is formed form the copper chain mail and the snake's head and tail are in brass at either end. The back of the head and tail each have hooks to engage with the clothing. The craftsmanship is rustic yet skilled, with snake scales and eye detail hammered into the top and a plain sheet of metal closed over the backs. The copper chainmail is left flat open in the middle and closes into a tube for the body as it approaches the head and tail. There are no markings.
The entire length is 14.5". The snake head measures 1" x 2". The tail is .625" x 2". The chain portion is 10.5" with a maximum width of just over 1".
Condition: Patina is present and unpolished. The handcrafted nature of this piece means that it is not perfectly uniform.
This would work nicely in a shawl, scarf or sweater as well of a cloak. If you like unique pieces, this is surely one of a kind.
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