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Edwardian 18ct Gold, Enamel & Pearl Caduceus Brooch

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This Caduceus brooch is in excellent condition. It has been beautifully enamelled in red and green . The snakes have a natural pearl in each of their mouths and a small cabochon ruby in each eye. The brooch has its original case. The Greek god Hermes, who served as herald and messenger to the other gods, carried a winged staff entwined with two snakes. The word “caduceus” from Latin, is a modification of Greek karykeion, from karyx, meaning “herald.” These brooches are often associated with the medical profession.

Written by Olly Gerrish


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Gold Ruby EnamelPearl


Unmarked, tested to 18ct gold
Case marked on the silk inside Wilson & Sharp Ltd. Diamond merchants. Goldsmiths & Silversmiths. 130 Princes Street. Edinburgh.


Height 1¾ in / 4.5 cm
Width 1 in / 2.5 cm
Case 3 in / 7.6 cm by 1 ½ in / 3.8 cm

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