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Victorian Horse Head Parasol Tip Necklace


This Victorian coral pendant (formerly a parasol tip!) is carved in the shape of a horse's head and neck. Most coral carving from this period was made in Italy and sold as souvenirs to English travelers on the Grand Tour. If that's the case with this beautiful pin, it may have been made to appeal to English tastes. Then again, maybe not - Italy is certainly not without horses. In fact, horses have their own god in the Roman pantheon of deities: Neptune, god of the sea, is also Neputus Equester, god of horses and patron of horse racing.


  • Materials

    10k gold endcap (tests), new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - endcap was added to make this into a pendant at some point in time

  • Size

    1" length including the bale, 18" chain

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RelatedHistory Lesson

Coral& the Grand Tour

Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.