Art Nouveau Repoussé Snake Locket

Regular price $398.00
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Art Nouveau Repoussé Snake Locket

Regular price $398.00
Unit price
per 

Snake themed jewelry has been slithering its way into our hearts for thousands of years.

Representing everything from loyalty and love to rebirth, transformations, sexuality and desire, these sacred serpents have have been idolized across cultures and time.

However, it wasn't until 1839, when Queen Victoria was engaged to Prince Albert, that the snake was catapulted into the mainstream to became the most iconic motif in jewelry.

The Queen's golden serpent engagement ring set a trend throughout Europe and soon snake-themed jewelry was at the forefront of fashion -- and it continued its reign throughout the following Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.

This exquisite gold filled locket was crafted around the turn of the century and features a double sided design of a finely detailed repoussé snake with clear paste eyes slithering its way in and out of the piece.

While the pattern is the same on both sides, they are not symmetrical, a common trait of Art Nouveau jewelry.

Pendant comes on a new gold filled chain.

Additional Details
Date: Early 1900s
Materials: Gold filled, glass
Measurements: Pendant: 1 1/4 x 1" Chain: 18"
Markings: Photo ring inside is signed OB and another unidentified symbol. It could be Ostby Barton but we could not confirm this based on the addition of the other symbol. 
Condition: Very Good
Locket has light surface scratches and patina consistent with age and use. One of the photo rings is missing inside.
Cleaning and Care
Remove photo and clean gently with warm soap and water and a soft bristled brush. Lightly polish with a jewelry polishing cloth, if needed.

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