Victorian Large Sterling Banded Agate + Snake Locket/Pendant
A stunning and unique banded agate locket pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in sterling silver, this fabulous piece is particularly large in size and adorns an fantastic banded agate stone at the center, surrounded by a wonderful snake design. The gorgeous stone displays rich, blackish brown hues, and a creamy stripe of white surrounds the base, providing a fabulous color contrast. Encircling the bezel set stone is a bold border featuring a wonderful scaly surface, while also acting as the snake's body. The tapered snake's tail wraps around the large fluted bail at the top, and the 3-dimensional head rests atop the stone, adorned with a split tongue and two beaded eyes. On the back of the locket is a removable glass covered space which is perfect for storing a special photograph or keepsake item, if desired. The large locket pendant would make an incredible statement piece hanging from a favorite chain, and would make a special addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The piece hangs approximately 2 3/4" long, including the bail at the top, and measures about 1 1/2" wide, and 5/8" thick.
Condition: The locket pendant is in overall good antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting and the bail is secure and in good working condition. The glass covered back is intact and secure. Four small drilled holes (2 on each side) which have been filled in can be found on the side of the large banded agate stone. Due to their location and cohesiveness, it appears that the agate or locket may have once been part of a necklace or bracelet set and these holes were most likely used to secure the piece in place. Fortunately, due to their size and location, they are hardly noticeable when the locket is worn and do not detract from the overall beauty of the piece. Please refer to images.