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Victorian 18ct Gold and Banded Onyx Snake Tie Pin

709M
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A spectacular large Victorian snake stick pin set with a cabochon sardonyx. Onyx is a variety of chalcedony, which has bands of white and black, with black being more dominant. The snake represents eternal love and onyx was often used to remember a loved one, so it may have been a memorial tie pin.
It was made circa 1870 when it was the height of fashion to wear black after Queen Victoria mourned the death of her loved one, the Prince Consort, Albert. Albert died in 1861 and Victoria continued to mourn his death until she died in 1901. Queen Victoria and Albert also had a great love for snakes and their meaning. Her engagement ring featured two snakes! All our tie pins come with a stopper at the end of the pin.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very Good

Provenance

English

Materials

Gold Onyx

Hallmarks

Snake is unmarked, tested to 18ct gold
Pin is unmarked, tested to 9ct gold

Measurements

Height 26mm
width 17mm
Length of pin 8.8 cm

Item Number

709M
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