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Serpents and Amethyst Stickpin

Antique stickpin of entwined serpents guarding an amethyst. (J9083)

Entwined Serpents!

Entwined serpents with jealous green eyes (possibly cobras) guard a regal purple amethyst.  A small fresh water pearl is set above the serpents like a distant, full moon.  A nice example of the Victorian love for richly detailed, exotic jewels.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

This stickpin was created by Carter, Howe & Company, a maker of fine stickpins and brooches in the decades around 1900.  The firm's mark, an arrowhead surrounding a "C", is stamped on the pin stem along with the gold purity mark ("14K").

The stickpin is beautifully crafted and richly detailed.  The reverse is pictured below.  Note how the sturdy pin stem is securely attached to the solid gold back.

Cost:  Although this elegant stickpin has sold,  you will find many more fine stickpins in the Antique Stickpin Gallery.

Measurements:  This 14kt gold stickpin is  2 9/16" long and weighs 2.6 grams.  The watchful serpents and pearl measure  5/8" by 9/16".

Antique stickpin of entwined serpents guarding an amethyst. (J9083)

Antique stickpin of entwined serpents guarding an amethyst. (J9083)

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