Snake Around Coral & Diamond 9k Gold Chester 1897 Brooch Pin Antique Victorian.
Stunning snake circled around the real coral set with a diamond to the centre of this antique Victorian brooch pin from the collectable assay office of Chester in 9ct yellow gold.
The Victorian era brought snake jewellery into the limelight after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a ring in the image of a snake featuring an emerald-set head. The Queen pronounced the snake to be a figure of eternal love. Reaching eminence in the 1840s because of their marriage & continuing on through the rest of Victoria's reign. The serpent represented eternity and wisdom & was a widespread motif on brooches, pins, pendants, rings, bracelets.
The English gold hallmark can be found to the rear, this is where you see the shield for the Chester assay office along with the date letter for the year 1897. This is where you also see the makers mark 'E.S.B' for E S Barnsley & Co (Edward Souter Barnsley) of Frederick Street, Birmingham. Great colour to the real coral, the diamond to the centre has been tested as real & is in good order please see the pictures. Good secure c clasp & pin.
Size 3.8 x 1.2 cm or 1.49 x 0.5 inches.
Weight 2.8 grams or 1.75 penny weight.