Antique Georgian/Early Victorian Snake Fob With Bloodstone Seal
Lovely Georgian 9 Carat Gold Fob With Lozenge shaped seal made from bloodstone. The snake writhes around to form the top of the fob, and the bale, his head biting his own body (is this an ouroboros as he is not eating his tail?)
The gold ontop of the seal is decorated with swirls.
The seal is carved with an eagle sitting atop a buckle, with the motto 'virtute et labore' (by valour and exertion)
weighs - 11.5g
measures - 27mm high, 23mm wide and 20mm deep
In immaculate condition, no hallmarks but tests as about 9.5 carat
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Large Antique Georgian Early Victorian Snake Fob With Bloodstone Seal
Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.
They were very popular during the Victorian era. Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake ring for her engagement to symbolise protection and eternal love.