A very rare Victorian segmented cobra snake bracelet. Each segment is hand-carved from individual pieces of a delicate lightweight black wood strung onto a strong flat coiled metal band. Incredible that something so delicate and finely wrought has survived for all these years!
Chinese or possibly colonial India in origin, we have never seen another quite like it so have nothing to compare it to.
Incredibly detailed and realistic the bracelet is comprised of 35 graduated body sections along with a head and tail section. The head of the cobra is intricately crafted with an open mouth, tongue and a fanned hood that is even carved on the underside where it won't be seen, two silver beaded eyes give a come hither look. The tail section is just as detailed with a little nobble on the end. Perfectly engineered the sections fit together seamlessly and the wire band snaps back into a perfect position after stretching it out to wear.
Condition given age and delicacy is astounding. We cannot see any breakages whatsoever in the wood and no signs of any brittleness. It is still as tightly coiled as the day it was made. The black wood may have faded a little over time which is more apparent in the photos than in real life, it still looks as black as coal to the eye. An incredible little antique masterpiece, and oh so rare!
The bracelet measures 13" (33cm) and approx. 8mm in diameter. It will wrap around to fit most sizes of wrist, our model wrist is 6" (15.5cm). As mentioned this is a lightweight bracelet weighing only 11.4 grams but it is strong and durable and very comfortable to wear.
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