Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu (24 November 2020)

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Date of Auction: 24th November 2020

Sold for £5,400

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

An impressive Victorian gold sprung coiled serpent bangle, circa 1840s-1850s, the hollow coiled bangle in sprung sections with engraved scale decoration, to head inset with an oval cabochon garnet within a cluster surround of graduated old brilliant-cut diamonds, and with ruby eyes, with small glazed locket panel to the inside, bangle width when coiled approximately 10.5cm, height 7.0cm. £6,000-£8,000

Condition Report

The garnet and rubies are bright and well polished, showing minimal wear. the old brilliant-cut diamonds are present and correct, bright and lively; total diamond weight approximately 1.6 carats. Some of the sprung hinges are a little loose and there are some small discrete repairs to the hinges (no solder and not easy to spot). The mount shows slight surface wear and a few small dents to the inside. there is a small circular glazed locket panel to the inside of one section, diameter 2.7mm. Length from nose to tail when coiled is approximately 10.5cm. Gross weight 80gm. Dimensions of cabochon garnet 13 x 10.5mm.