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Snakes & Serpents




Morning Glory
Collects…


vintage
jewelry we enjoy buying, wearing and sharing


The
SNAKE
or serpent was the symbol of royalty and
deity in early Egyptian society. Victorian jewelry often used an entwined
snake to symbolize infinity and eternal love. Over the years the snake has
also come to symbolize sexuality, rebirth and wisdom.

While serpent motif jewelry goes far back in history, it’s popularity really
spread starting in the 1840s and peaked between then and the 1860s (Understanding
Jewellery
, Bennett, pages 88 & 104). But as far as I am concerned, it is
timeless and unique in both it’s art and symbolism. Also called an "ouroboros"
you can read more about the snake biting his own tail symbol
here at Wiki.

Snakes &
Serpents

JEWELRY




VICTORIAN Whitby jet snake necklace with heart dangle,
graduated sized beads, 18" with beads ranging from 1/3" to 2".
See a similar version of a snake necklace on page 122 of Davidov &
Dawes "Victorian Jewelry".
View #V31294

CHATELAINE sterling
chatelaine. Suspended from a snake in the symbol of infinite love 2-1/2"
brooch are: a 2" notepad and pencil; 2" pocket knife; 3-7/8" perfume with
tiny glass stopper; 1-1/8" powder and puff; 2" mirror and photo oval, all
with matching motif. View
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VICTORIAN jet Roman style snake necklace
with segmented body, 17" long and from 1/2" down to 1/3" wide bead
body. The head is 1" by 5/8" and the heart is 5/8".
View
View #V31839




VICTORIAN
Whitby
jet snake wrap-around bracelet, 15" long and 5/16" wide. See page 83 of
Helen Muller’s book "Jet". Similar piece seen in Helen Mueller’s "Jet"
on page 83; in Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, 2nd Ed" page 32
and 3rd edition page 51; and in Becker’s "Antique & Twentieth Century
Jewelry" on page 54.
View #V26676

VICTORIAN very unusual
textured, black enameled metal segments strung on flat coiled wire snake bracelet
with wooden carved head and tail, symbol of infinite love, 9" by 1/2".
View #V28836
VICTORIAN Whitby jet
snake bracelet, 16" total, 1/3" wide each segment. Similar piece
seen in Helen Mueller’s "Jet" on page 83 and in Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, 2nd Ed" page 32
and 3rd edition page 51.
#V28553






VICTORIAN
Whitby jet
snake bracelet with beautifully carved head, about 18" long and 1-3" to 1-8"
wide. See page 83 of Helen Muller’s book "Jet". Similar piece seen in
Helen Mueller’s "Jet" on page 83; in Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, 2nd Ed" page 32
and 3rd edition page 51; and in Becker’s "Antique & Twentieth Century
Jewelry" on page 54. #V29886
VICTORIAN lady wearing her cameo
and matching jet bracelets.
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View #V29919

VICTORIAN Whitby jet snake bracelet,
hand carved head and tail and faceted body, shown in Helen Muller’s "Jet" page 83,
extended bracelet is 14" long and the snake head is 1-1/4" long and
1/2" wide. View #V31828




VICTORIAN Whitby jet
snake bracelets, matched set, 14" by approximately 1/3" each. Although
the Victorians often wore bracelets in matched sets, it is VERY rare to
find one in jet snakes like this.
View
View #V32619

VICTORIAN chalcedony
brooch encircled by a snake holding a pear, red and aqua rhinestones, 2".
The setting is textured rolled yellow gold, as though the snake wraps twice
around the center. While the snake was a popular Victorian jewelry motif, a
snake holding a pear is an unusual design. According to
the Wheaton College article
HERE,
"the pear was sometimes seen as the alternate fruit of the fall", but then
it is also seen as a symbol of the Virgin and Christ Child because of it’s
sweetness.

View
View #V33505


VICTORIAN
French jet (black glass) snake coil bracelet with wire-strung
faceted segments, 18" long and about 1/3" wide. #V32600




VICTORIAN antique 15 karat yellow gold
snake necklace with garnet cabochons and faceted garnet eyes, interesting
snake-scale chain and etched design on snake’s head, 17" with snake’s head and
leaf 2". This is an amazing necklace in excellent vintage condition. View
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View #V32446

VICTORIAN antique 15ct yellow gold
and garnet cabochons snake pierced earrings, total length 1-7/8". #V32446
and V32563

VICTORIAN antique 15ct yellow
gold and garnet cabochons snake pierced earrings, total length 1-7/8".
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Both #V32563




VICTORIAN remarkable
antique karat yellow gold
snake bracelet with garnet cabochons and faceted garnet eyes, etched design on
snake’s head, double hinged, 8-1/2" total length with 5/8" wide snake head, can
be worn on wrist size 5-1/2" to 7".
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View #V32799

VICTORIAN 18 karat yellow
gold snake necklace with garnet cabochons and faceted garnet eyes, heart
shaped dangle from snake’s mouth has hair compartment on the reverse,
interesting snake-scale chain and intricate design on snake’s head,
circa 1850,
19-3/4" with snake’s head and heart 2-1/2".
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View #V32798

VICTORIAN snake jewelry with garnets set in yellow gold.
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VICTORIAN 15 karat snake
infinity brooch with garnet cabochon head and eyes and a lovely genuine pearl drop,
it has no marks
but tests 14-15k, 1-1/2" by 1-1/4". The snake has delicately
engraved scales on and behind his head. This style snake symbolized eternal love
in the Victorian era, a promise of love or friendship.
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#V37140

VICTORIAN
ring with a 5.70 carat garnet cabochon foiled underneath set
in 15ct yellow gold and marked as such inside the band, circa 1890, size 7,
made in England. This has been professionally resized in the past, markings
"625 15k".

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#V37625

VICTORIAN 18k yellow gold
snake ring with turquoise head and ruby eyes, size 7-1/2, weight .25 ounces,
about 1/3" wide at front. Note the detailed scales and well-crafted face.
View #V34051




SNAKE
bangle in gold tone with purple rhinestones in his head, total
length 9-1/2" by 1/3" wide, perfect fit for a standard sized wrist.
View #Q34511

EDWARDIAN
9 karat rose gold and garnets snake ring, hallmarks inside of band for
Birmingham 1913, size 13 for a man or a larger woman’s hand,
weight approximately .16oz. The snake was the symbol for infinity and
eternal love. View
View #V34624

SIGNET 14k
yellow gold ring with medical "Caducaus" entwined snake, size 5-3/4.
View #K23878




VICTORIAN
15 karat yellow gold and pearl boxed snake bangle
with locket, with original box fitted for this bracelet, 6" by 1-1/3" at
front with drop and 1/4" band. The heart open to a tiny secret locket,
probably too small but for the tiniest of photos. This bracelet weighs about
.48 ounces. Because it is 6" around the inside, it fits a wrist slightly
smaller than that. The unusual original box adds to this lovely treasure and
is perfect for displaying it. It has obviously been well cared for all it’s
life.
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#V34085
VICTORIAN sterling and
cut coral beads coil bangle in the form of a
Chinese dragon serpent
with ruby eyes, 7" and adjustable by about 5/16" thick. The
workmanship is exquisite as the pictures show, with well defined features
and an artistic design. Under the tail is a hallmarked, which looks like a
boar’s head and the maker’s mark "FM" with a branch between the letters.
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View #V34086







VICTORIAN 9 carat yellow gold
snake bracelet with red and green garnets set in embossed head. The bracelet has
two hinged sections so it is easy to get on, and one has a replacement
pin, repaired long ago in it’s history. It comes in it’s own fitted box, 6-1/3" and 1"
wide at the front. The snake was a symbol of eternal love. A snake bracelet is
shown on page 28 of the book "Queen Victoria: a Life in Jewellery" by Gere and
Rudoe.
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View #V34762

VICTORIAN gilt gold tone
matte finish locket with unusual and very nice snake bail, sweet little
girls picture on the back, circa 1880, total length 2-1/2", locket only 1-3/4" by
1-1/3". View
View #V34680



VICTORIAN antique snake
earrings in carnelian and turquoise and set in yellow gold, total length 2". The
wires test as 14k gold but I cannot find a place to test the earrings tops
without scratching them, so will assume they are gilt over base metal. The earrings are in excellent condition. These
came to me in an earring box marked "Herbert Dinsdale, 98 Stricklandgate,
Kendal", but it always hard to tell for sure if this was the original box.
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View #V32109

VICTORIAN 14k yellow
gold snake bracelet with Persian turquoise head and garnet eyes, snake
1-1/2" by 3/4", total 7". A study of the snake bracelet
worn by Queen Victoria for her Accession Council in 1837 can be seen in the book
"Queen Victoria: a Life in Jewellery" by Gere and Rudoe on page 22.
View
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View #V32252

VICTORIAN antique sterling
silver snake earrings with black and white banded agate
cabochons and teardrop-shaped banded agate drops, circa 1870. They have 14k yellow gold wires
and are
2-5/8" total length. The snake motif is one of my very favorites and
these are just wonderful in excellent condition.
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View #V31982



VICTORIAN gold filled snake brooch
with green and red rhinestones and etched design on head,
1-3/4". View
#V29250

"Fine rolled gold plate brooches."
Including a snake brooch.
RCF Catalogue 1892

SMITH & PEPPER 9 carat yellow
gold coil snake bracelet with tiny ruby eyes, hallmarked "S&P,
crown-375-anchor-c" and "steel spring" on the back of the snake head, about
12-1/2" long and 1/4" wide.
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VICTORIAN sterling
silver snake bangle with red eyes, hallmarked "pat. A re–(illegible) sterling silver", 12" by
about 1/4"+ and about 8" around the inside when relaxed. This is
one inch larger in diameter than a standard bangle and could be worn as an upper
arm bangle. View
View #V33729

VICTORIAN sterling snake
wrap bracelet circa 1880, total length 21-3/4" by 5/16", spreads about 3"
wide on wrist. View
#V32410

VICTORIAN chatelaine
clip with serpents and scrolls design, "LL Sterling 230", 2".
View
View #A28841





VICTORIAN
silver snake coil bangle, wearable length around 6-5/8", total
length 7" by 1-1/4" wide at the front. The coiled double snake heads were a
symbol of eternal love. There is a slight dimple at the top of one knob, as
seen in picture. View
View #V35504

CHATELAINE
sterling silver snake chatelaine with cigar cutter tool, a clover mark and "sterling"
on back, snake brooch top is 3" and the longest chain is 4-3/4". Great
way to start your own chatelaine collecting tools that you like.
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SNAKE
silver snake hinged bangle with red eyes and a blue cabochon in his mouth,
7". There is nice scale detail on his head and neck.
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View #N64169




VICTORIAN hair
brooch, tiny two-sided glass covered compartments, snake frame, 1". In
Victorian times, the snake was the symbol of eternal love.
View #V27356

VICTORIAN snake of lava
segments strung on a wire coil bracelet circa 1880, 10-3/4" by about 1/4" to 1/2" wide.
View
#V32364

SNAKE silver tone and clear
rhinestones snake wrap bracelet, marked "Patented" and approx 7-1/2" but
is adjustable, circa 1930. #Y24892





SNAKES
pair of snake dress clips with aqua rhinestones in their mouths
and textured gold tone, patent number under the clip is "AT180112", circa
1930s, each clip is 2" wide.

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#Y66452


SNAKE
head and tail bracelet, body as is, total length is 9" by 1/2"
thick. This has such a great snake face that I hate to scrap it just because
the woven body has damage, so I am hoping someone can give it a new life!

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#Q66228

AGATE
banded agate snake bracelet with agates set into gilt silver snake
circles, 6-3/4" by 1-1/8".
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View #V37327




SNAKE snake bangle marked "rolled gold A*D foreign", circa 1930s,
7-1/2" and 5/16" wide at the back. A*D is the mark of
Andreas Daub,
c. 1870-present,
Germany, England & France
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View #Q33518

SILVER frog with two snakes
pendant, total length 18-1/2" with 1-1/2" pendant, marked "950",
possibly French.
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View #N60673
SNAKE bracelet in rolled yellow
gold with segments on a wire coil, green rhinestone eyes, marked inside "Rolled Gold A*D
foreign" maker Andreas Daub, a European company, adjustable7" by 1/3". #Y33501






FOX MOTIF 1930s segmented brass
fox necklace with snake-like overlapping parts, the pieces are individually linked and marked "patent
pending", wearable length 17", total length 19" and 1" wide. The necklace
has only one hole for the closure, so can be worn only at the length shown
in the photograph. It lays beautifully, being segmented as it is.
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View #Y37265


OLGA TRITT
unsigned snake and apple parure probably inspired by
Adam and Eve! Be sure check out how the the backs of these pieces are made
and the great detail, 14-1/4" necklace with 3-1/4" front drop, bracelet 7"
by 7/8", screw back earrings 7/8". According to the "palm
Beach Daily News" in an article dated March 10, 1934, she had her own shop
at 345 Worth Avenue "across from the Everglades Club". That article
describes her crystal, diamond, precious stones and elephant hair jewelry
for women and cufflinks for men. An ad in the same paper 12 days later
promotes her "jewels of Individuality" and also states "great reductions on
all my rare gems". This photo shown Jeanette MacDonald wearing Tritt
jewelry:
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2101975040/nm0531776
. A patent #161185
(118255) for Coro indicates in the references that she was making jewelry in
1949, and I have seen ads for her jewelry as late as 1971 (I think Olga’s
daughter Alva Davidson ran the shop after Olga passed away), stating her
shop address as 18 East 57th, then 569 Madison Avenue, and later 424 Park
Avenue, New York City. So far, all the other jewelry she made seems to have
been fine jewelry, not costume as this set is. She died in March 1968 in New
York City at age 81. View
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View #Y36286
FOX segmented fox necklace,
bracelet and earrings circa 1930 in gold tone with green rhinestone
eyes, necklace wearable length is 16-1/2" by 1", bracelet 7" by 1",
screw back earrings 1". These have a snake-like overlapping
parts, just lovely.
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View #Y37375




SASH pin with a serpent curling around an amethyst-colored
rhinestone. It is 3" wide and has the older style c-clasp, circa 1900. View
#i16557

SNAKE paste snake bracelet
with purple and clear pastes set in silver tone, blue cabochon head and
faux cut steel accents, 7" long.
View #Q35001

STERLING snake coil bracelet,
marked "925" and "R", 25-1/2" by 3/16". This is dramatic, like Cleopatra’s
asp, and great fun to wear. View
#N36027





DECO
cream colored celluloid snake coil bracelet with inset steel points and
red rhinestones, as is because it is missing a lot of the points, visible only
upon close examination but still as is and priced accordingly. The relaxed
wearable size is 7-1/4" and 7/16" wide. This does open just a bit to slide it
on, but it will not fit a larger hand. It is 2-1/4" across the inside, and by
comparison the typical bakelite bangle is 2-1/2".

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e #Q31534

SNAKE celluloid faux tortoise
colored snake bracelet with clear and chartreuse rhinestone and metal
studs, larger size at 8-1/4" and about 1/2" wide.
View #Q34999


DECO
cream colored celluloid snake coil bracelet with inset steel points and
red and clear rhinestones, all in place. The relaxed wearable size is 7-1/4" and
7/16" wide. This does open just a bit to slide it on, but it will not fit a
larger hand. It is 2-1/4" across the inside, and by comparison the typical
bakelite bangle is 2-1/2".

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#Q37706




PLASTIC snake upper arm bangle
with rhinestones and metal tip brads, 9-1/2".
View #B29753

SNAKE tortoise
colored snake bracelet with tiny metal necklace and rhinestone eyes, 8" by
1/4". #B27706

SNAKE green
plastic snake wrap bracelet with rhinestone eyes, 1/3" wide.
#B26596




LEA STEIN snake wrap bracelet,
shocking pink snakeskin-textured, fits about a 6-1/2" wrist and is about
1/2" wide. Circa 1970s, shown on page106 of Moro’s "European Jewelry".
#B31786
PLASTIC green marbled
snake bracelet with gold rhinestones and red eyes, 7" by about 3/4".
View #B61777
WHITING DAVIS gold tone snake coil
bracelet, total length 11" by 5/8" wide.
View #X34342




MAZER Joseph Mazer
textured gold tone hinged snake bracelet with rhinestone eyes and tail tip,
7" by 1".
View #M25950

MADE IN FRANCE
three swords fur clip, a HUGE 5-3/4" long and 4" wide. Red, white and black
enamel on gold tone metal. The sword hilts are formed of curled snakes with clown faces at the base of each
one.

Marked "Made in France"
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ART gold tone and white
enamel snake brooch with green and orange rhinestones, 2-1/3".
#X26415




HAR
serpent
(cobra) necklace
of enameled gold tone and rhinestones, 17" by 2" with
matching 1-1/2" by 1-1/4" earrings.
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HAR serpent brooch
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HAR
serpent
(cobra) necklace
of enameled gold tone and rhinestones, 17" by 2".




AGATE sterling
vermeil serpent and banded agate ring, size 7.
View #G29436

PAULINE RADER gold tone snake
brooch with green cabochon and clear rhinestones pave head and red cabochon
eyes, 3-1/3". View #X60671


KOL 14k yellow gold dragon ring with jade cabochon, ruby
eye, size 7-1/2, 1" across front.
View #G28729



SNAKE motif hinged bangle with
aqua headed snakes holding a red glass ball between them and accented by red
and clear rhinestones and white enameling on gold tone metal, wearable size
about 6-1/2". View
#Y66200
BOUCHER snake brooch with blue
and green mini cabochons set in textured gold tone, marked on the back
"Boucher" and the number 1063P, 2-1/3".
View #M63174


REFERENCES:

Georgian Jewellery,
1714-1830
by Dawes & Collings

Victorian Jewelry by Davidov & Dawes

Understanding Jewellery
, David Bennett