This exquisitely detailed and romantic love knot/stylized snake brooch hails from the Georgian, early Victorian era.
The setting is rendered in 'Pinchbeck' metal. An antique gold substitute "Pinchbeck" is an alloy that closely resembled gold, it was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. As is the case with this brooch Pinchbeck jewellery was usually plated in the bright yellow high carat gold that was popular at time and it is wonderful to find an example still with this gilding pretty much intact.
Etruscan in style with applied wirework in spiral patterns and zig-zag trim at the edges the brooch is set with bright pink paste rubies that are cushion cut and claw set. The back features a sturdy steel pin back and a little hook at the top so you could attach a ribbon for wear on a choker if you wanted to.
Love knot jewellery in the form of snakes and serpents were very fashionable during the Georgian and Victorian eras and it was often given as a sweetheart or betrothal gift. A beautiful sentimental jewel with plenty of age to it, in lovely condition and the perfect love token! Pinchbeck jewellery is highly collectable in its own right too!
MATERIALS: Pinchbeck metal alloy, gold gilding
GEMSTONES: 5 paste (glass) rubies
MEASUREMENTS: 2-1/8" long, 1-1/4" tall (55x32mm).
WEIGHT: 10 grams
DATE: Circa 1830 - Georgian/Victorian
CONDITION: Very, very good with minimal wear to the gold overlay, the glass stones damage free and the pin back in perfect working order, please see photos
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