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Victorian "Fugit Hora" Hourglass Pendant

Victorian "Fugit Hora" Hourglass Pendant

$500.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1880

The hourglass has long been associated with death, and particularly the brevity of individual human existence. They're often found on grave stones from the middle ages through to the Victorian era, sometimes with the words Fugit Hora (latin 'Hours are Fleeting’ or ‘Time Flies'). This hourglass pendant dates from the late Victorian era, and, while it does measure out a length of time (approx. 2.5 seconds), it was likely intended more as a symbolic Memento Mori piece than anything else. Modelled in 9 karat gold and dating from the 1880s.

MEASUREMENTS 

22.3 x 9.0mm

WEIGHT 

1.9g

MARKS 

Unknown maker's mark

Tests as 9k gold

CONDITION 

Very good, light wear commensurate with age

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