Snake or Serpent 9k Gold Cased Stick Pin Brooch Antique Victorian c1890.
The symbolism of the snake dates back thousands of years, and many civilisations have interpreted the creature to represent any number of things from good to evil, rebirth, fertility, poison to even death.
To the Ancient Egyptians the serpent represented royalty & even deit, in Hinduism, the creature represents desire and sexual passion. To the Romans everlasting love. In ancient Chinese mythology, it was believed that the snake had close relations with the gods and was able to prolong one’s life. The snake was considered to be a symbol of reproduction and good luck.
After Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a ring in the image of a snake featuring an emerald-set head, snake jewellery was thrust into the limelight, anything the Queen had became the height of fashion, & everyone copied. The Queen pronounced the snake to be a figure of eternal love. As the couple married in 1840 snake jewellery reached its eminence in the 1840s & continued right through her reign.
The stick pin is made from 9ct yellow gold cased, this means solid real 9ct gold, not plate, over another metal in this case probably brass, there are no metal marks, slight wear to the high points, please see the pictures. The eye is made from a clear quartz, this has been tested, it is in good order please see the pictures. Good straight pin.
Size of stick pin 10.8 cm or 4.2 inches.
Size of snake 4.9 x 1.5 cm or 1.9 x 0.6 inches.
Weight 7.5 grams or 4.8 penny weight.