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Victorian Lion-Serpent Brooch

Victorian serpent and acanthus leaf brooch. (J9069)

Serpent and Acanthus

The Victorian fascination with exotic and mythological creatures was only limited by their imagination.  This brooch features a fierce lion-headed serpent with a tail of flame-like acanthus leaves.  He warily guards a glowing pearl set in the center with a jealous green eye.  Created by Carter, Howe & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1890.

Victorian serpent and acanthus leaf brooch. (J9069)

The brooch is beautifully crafted and is secured with a "C" clasp and pin.  A chatelaine hook below allows a watch or other pendant to be suspended beneath the brooch.  Part of the beauty of Victorian jewels is the care with which they were designed and crafted.

Close-up of Carter, Howe maker's mark. (J9069)

This brooch was created by Carter, Howe & Company (predecessor to Carter, Gough & Co.), a maker of beautiful brooches and other jewels during the decades around 1900.  The firm's mark, an arrowhead surrounding a "C", is found on the clasp.  The clasp is also stamped "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Name:  Serpent and Acanthus

Cost:  Although this brooch has sold,  you will find many more beautiful brooches in the Antique Brooch Gallery.

Measurements:  This Victorian brooch is crafted in 14kt yellow gold and weighs 5.1 grams.   It measures 1 1/8" tall by just over 1" wide.

Here are a few more elegant jewels from the past ...

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