Victorian Pinchbeck Coiled Snake Wide Hinged Bangle Bracelet
"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. The development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy jewelry that had look of gold.
This snake bracelet is a fantastic example of the use of Pinchbeck during the Victorian (ca1880) era! The bangle style bracelet is very substantial in size and has a rich, vibrant appearance that closely resembles the appearance of real gold. The unusual design features two slithering snakes intertwined and twisted around each other, creating a wide, bold look. Both snakes have a charming look with raised gold bead eye details and a pointed tongue protruding from within their open mouths. The snakes' bodies act as the bracelets band and their necks wrap delicately around each other, adding to the visual beauty and detail of the piece.The bracelet is hinged and fastens with a secure push clasp at the side. When worn, it makes a substantial statement piece and is perfect for any snake lover's collection!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 3/8" wide and about 1 7/8" tall. It would fit nicely on a small to average sized wrist. The snake front measures approximately 1" tall and 2 3/8" wide. The sides and back of the bangle measures 3/4" wide and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the pinchbeck setting and the push clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition. There is some very minor wear in some spots along the surface, including a few small dings, however, nothing which substantial or noticeable when the piece is worn.