An exceptional mid 19th century souvenir locket in 18ct and banded agate commemorating a trip to Sebastopol on September 8th, 1855. Perhaps commemorative of an engagement or even a wedding, this special snake jewel was likely created in accordance with the mania for serpent jewels that ensued after Queen Victoria’s engagement in 1840 and continued throughout the entirety of her reign. It is said that Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with a serpentine engagement ring, forever cementing the snake as a term of total devotion in the Victorian lexicon of visual culture. This is one of the cleanest and most precious Victorian snake jewels I’ve ever had.
Materials and Features:
18ct yellow and white gold, banded agate
Circa mid 19th century, English
“A.E.W. Sebastopol Sep. 8th 1855”
Weight: 8.89 grams
Dimensions: 30mm x 23mm
Condition: Note slight damage to the snake’s nose. Minor associated age wear.
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18ct Snake and Agate Locket Pendant c. 1855