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18th Century Zodiac Snake Betrothal Ring

$1,250.00

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18th Century Zodiac Snake Betrothal Ring

$1,250.00


Description

DATE: Georgian, c.1750

An incredible mid-18th Century betrothal ring formed as a snake. It's engraved with all of the symbols of the zodiac (twice) around the outside, and inside a horseshoe, a heart pierced by an arrow, a key, and a bell (again, twice). The symbols all represent love or luck, and the snake represents fertility - all the necessary ingredients for a long and happy marriage. It's likely, given the slightly crude nature of the craftsmanship, the unusually specific design, and that it's made of iron and not a precious metal, that this was a provincial commission, probably exchanged by relatively poor couple. Which makes it all the more remarkable that it's survived the best part of 300 years.

MEASUREMENTS 

Width at head: 7.3mm

Width of band: 3.3mm

WEIGHT 

1.7g

MARKS 

No marks present

CONDITION 

Very good

18th Century Zodiac Snake Betrothal Ring