Victorian Huge Pinchbeck Snake Locket
"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. The development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy jewelry that had look of gold.
This snake locket is a fantastic example of the use of Pinchbeck during the Victorian (ca1880) era! The locket is very substantial in size and has a rich, vibrant appearance that closely resembles the appearance of real gold. Decorating the face of the locket is a friendly gold snake in raised detail, whose tail and body wrap around the outside of the piece. Its head and neck rest at the top, a pointed tongue protruding from within its open mouth, and two gold beads representing each of its eyes. A fine twisted gold rope border decorate both sides of the locket, a subtle and lovely finishing touch. When opened, the interior of the piece reveals two open spaces for store special photographs inside. At the top of the locket is a large fluted bail to hang the piece from a favorite chain. Perfect for the snake lover, this unusual Pinchbeck locket would make a wonderful addition to any antique collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs 2 5/8" long, including the bail at the top. The oval locket itself measures 2 1/8" tall, 1 3/8" wide, and 5/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Pinchbeck setting or raised snake design. The hinge remains in good working order, and the locket opens easily and snaps securely shut. The bail at the top is secure and in good working condition.