Georgian Ouroboros Snake 10K Gold, Enamel, and Agate Mourning Brooch

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A Georgian era 10K gold and enamel ouroboros snake mourning brooch circa 1815.  From 1810 to 1815, there was a brief trend for mourning jewelry decorated with black enamel ouroboros snakes with crosshatched golden ‘skins’ symbolizing eternity.  In the center of this brooch is a smooth carnelian stone, most likely a later replacement.  The inscription in the back writes “Insclosed are the relics of an affectionate husband and a beloved daughter who died April 4th 1815. M. Hamilton. Intered to one grave.”  A rare, sentimental piece of jewelry that stands the test of time over 200 years later!

Metal: 10K Gold (acid tested)

Weight: 6.5 grams

Agate: 10.3 mm by 22.5mm

Measurements: 0.8” long by 1” wide

Condition: In very good antique condition with minor age related wear.  

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