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HIGHLY COLLECTABLE Georgain Era Mourning Pin! This is called an OUROBOROS Pin. It is a snake eating it's own tail.

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The name originates from within Greek language; (oura) meaning "tail" and (boros) meaning "eating", thus "he who eats the tail".

The Ouroboros represents the perpetual cyclic renewal of life and infinity, the concept of eternity and the eternal return, and represents the cycle of life, death and rebirth, leading to immortality.

These were very popular in the early 1800s. Every pin in this style that i have ever seen has always been small, and this is no exception. I have known people to add a bale to make a necklace, but I leave this up to the buyer. Once you alter the piece it could lessen the collectors value.

Circa 1810- Not marked

There is a dent on the bottom right of the pin. Some wear with use and age. Seeing that this pin is about 200 years old, she has held up very well. The detail and etching is still very crisp, all of the pearls in the border are all original and still present.

Please Note the Measurements, and look at the pic with the pin by the penny to give you an idea about the size of the piece--

17mm x 21mm wide
Mourning Window is 7mm x 11mm

Tested to be at least 9K Gold

Weight: 3.8 grams

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Antique Georgian OUROBOROUS Snake/Serpent Mourning Hair and Pearl Rose Gold Pin