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9ct Gold Snake Necklace with Ruby Eyes

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An attractive snake necklace made in 1960 in Birmingham. The firm that made it was called Smith & Pepper (1899-1981) Mr. Smith and his uncle Mr. Pepper became business partners. The business was set up in Birmingham in an area known as the Jewellery quarter in adjoining buildings 78 and 79 Vyse Street. The company became known around the world.  The firm made a wide range of jewellery, notably swallow designs, popular during the Wars wars and Egyptian style snake designs, after Egyptologist Howard Carter made ancient Egypt fashionable. It finally stopped trading in 1981.  For its 82-year history the firm was run as a family business.  The premises in Vyse Stree are now a museum.  The snake has ruby eyes, an engraved head and a stretchy articulated body. The snake motif in antique jewellery is a recurring design and represents “Eternal love and wisdom”. It has a secure clasp at the back.  It looks very pretty when worn.

Written by Olly Gerrish


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Est FREE UK Delivery: Tue 17th December, before 1pm
Date & OriginModern (1960s onwards), English
MeasurementsLength 38 cm
ConditionVery Good
Materials Gold Ruby
Hallmarks9.375 (for 9ct gold) Assayed in Birmingham 1960Maker's mark for Smith & Pepper
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