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Mid VictorianBanded Agate Locketwith Serpent Bale


This BIG, bold, freaky, friendly snake holds a banded agate locket in his mouth. On the reverse, there's a framed glass panel that opens so you can add a photo, if you like (it may require the assistance of a local jeweler). It's made in pinchbeck, a metal alloy invented in the 18th century by a man named Christopher Pinchbeck. It was designed to be a cheap substitute for gold, so the word "pinchbeck" has been idiomatically used to describe something fake, junky, or counterfeit. But back then AND now, the historically interesting material means that large-scale jewels can be affordable (a piece like this in solid gold would be $$$$$$$). Hangs from a new 24" heavy gold fill chain.


  • Materials

    Pinchbeck, banded agate, new gold fill chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition


  • Size

    2.75" length including the bale, the locket itself measures 2 x 1.5", 24" chain

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