Victorian Blue Enamel Snake Heart Pendant Necklace, 1851

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

Snake symbolism is as old and romantic as time. Some cultures see the snake as the concept of good and evil or fertility and rebirth. Egyptians believed serpents represented royalty and deity. The Romans, and later Queen Victoria herself, saw the snake as a symbol of everlasting love. Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with her emerald set snake engagement ring in 1840. Soon thereafter, jewelry designers followed suit and snake motifs were found in rings, brooches, necklaces, earrings and more. Snake jewelry continues to represent wisdom, eternity, and love. A memorial necklace like this was made to remember a loved one, as it is locket backed with a lock of hair – the original way to hold the memory of a lost one before photography.

This antique Victorian gold and enamel memorial snake necklace was handcrafted in England, around 1851. It features a 15 karat gold snake twisting around a bright vibrant blue enameled heart, the pendant hangs from a 9 karat gold snake link chain. The back of the pendant is engraved, “From W & H.C. Tuesday 16: Dec 1851”. The period chain is 16 inches long and closes with a barrel clasp.
Details
Of the Period
Victorian
Place of Origin
England
Date of Manufacture
1851
Period
1850-1859
Metal
15k Gold
9k Gold
Condition
Excellent
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Length
31 mm
Weight
13g
Dealer Location
Middleton, WI
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU59832991303
Contact The Seller
Response Time: Usually within 2 hours
1stdibs seller since 2016
Located in Middleton, WI

More from this Seller

Victorian Large Gold Crystal Heart Locket Pendant Pearl Bow
Victorian Large Gold Crystal Heart Locket Pendant ...
Unknown
This fabulously large antique Victorian crystal locket pendant was handcrafted in England, around 1870. It features a deep heart shaped rock crystal set in 15 karat gold, with a golden ...
Victorian Moonstone Sapphire Gold Heart Pendant Locket Enamel
Victorian Moonstone Sapphire Gold Heart Pendant Lo...
Unknown
This elegant antique Victorian moonstone heart pendant was handcrafted around 1890, most likely in America. It was made in 14 karat gold and features a pretty blue cabochon cut sapphire...
Early Victorian Aquamarine Gold Pendant
Early Victorian Aquamarine Gold Pendant
Unknown
This antique early Victorian aquamarine and gold pendant was handcrafted around 1850, in England. There are seven light blue colored oval faceted aquamarine stones set in 15 karat gold....
Queen Victoria Portrait Black Enamel Diamond Gold Memorial Pendant
Queen Victoria Portrait Black Enamel Diamond Gold ...
Unknown
This rare antique Queen Victoria pendant was handcrafted in England in 1901, to memorialize the late Queen’s 63 year and 7-month reign. She was born in May of 1819, and died on January ...
Victorian Essex Crystal Pendant Lily of the Valley
Victorian Essex Crystal Pendant Lily of the Valley...
Unknown
This reverse crystal intaglio is made from a smooth cabochon of rock crystal with a lily of the valley flower carved expertly into the flat back and then oil painted with bright colors ...
Victorian Enamel Pearl Turquoise Gold Locket
Victorian Enamel Pearl Turquoise Gold Locket
Unknown
This antique Victorian locket was handcrafted around 1890, in England. It’s done in 18 karat yellow gold and set with a turquoise and pearl star motif. Beautiful dark blue and white ena...
Gold Doctor's Bag Locket Pendant
Gold Doctor's Bag Locket Pendant
Unknown
This wonderful and heavy pendant was made in London, England in 1945 in the shape of a Doctor's bag. It contains tiny golden tools, a stethoscope, scissors and a syringe. The bag contai...
Arts & Crafts Sapphire Pearl Gold Necklace by Artificers' Guild
Arts & Crafts Sapphire Pearl Gold Necklace by Arti...
Artificers' Guild
This fantastic hand crafted necklace was made during the Arts & Crafts movement in England in about 1910. I feel confident in attributing this necklace to the work of the Artificers' Gu...
Antique Victorian Garnet Gold Snake Necklace
Antique Victorian Garnet Gold Snake Necklace
Unknown
I was thrilled when I came across this fabulous Victorian garnet snake necklace that was handcrafted around 1870 in England. The wonderfully detailed clasp is done in yellow gold with p...
Victorian Gold Watch Chain Necklace
Victorian Gold Watch Chain Necklace
Unknown
This antique Victorian gold link chain was handcrafted in England around 1890. All but four of the links are made in 15 karat gold and measure 24 x 6.4 mm each. At one point during the ...
Arts and Crafts Jessie King Pendant Moonstone Enamel Silver
Arts and Crafts Jessie King Pendant Moonstone Enam...
Jessie King
This antique, Arts and Crafts silver and moonstone pendant was handcrafted around 1910. It is attributed to Jessie M King who designed for Liberty of London. The silver pendant is set w...
Antique Austro-Hungarian Enamel Pearl Sapphire Stork Pendant
Antique Austro-Hungarian Enamel Pearl Sapphire St...
Unknown
This fabulous antique Austro-Hungarian enamel pendant was handcrafted around 1870, and set in silver gilt. The highly-detailed stork motif shows the majestic bird in a detailed wonderla...