Victorian Whitby Jet Segmented Snake Bracelet. Antique Triple Coil Serpent Stretch Cuff. Rare Carved English Jet Mourning Bracelet Bangle.

$1,200.00

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Item details

Vintage from the 19th century

Dimensions

Bracelet length: 18 Inches; Bracelet width: 5/8 Inches

Circa 1870 and a rare survivor this deeply carved Whitby jet snake bracelet is an impressive 18" long and perfectly engineered to spring into a triple coil. With 17 separate segments including the head and tail section it is incredibly detailed and lifelike with the carving depicting the snake skin and features. This is museum quality piece (the last photo is taken in Whitby Jet Museum where we can see this one's twin).

The snake is one of the most classic jewelry designs of the Victorian age and represented eternal life and so it was a popular choice of motif for mourning jewelry. Snakes bracelets translated especially well when made in Whitby jet. Worn over gloves, they were elasticated like the other jet bracelets however they were made to coil up the wrist. Some were faceted and some were intricately carved. The level of workmanship all depended on how much the customer was willing to spend, the same applied to the length of the bracelet.

As a stretch wraparound bracelet it will fit pretty much any wrist size. It measures 2" wide when worn on the wrist. We have replaced the elastic so it is nice and strong with plenty of stretch. Jet is a fairly fragile and brittle material, the last thing you would want is the elastic to break and the pieces fall to the floor because they can shatter.

Condition is excellent with a just couple of tiny nicks to the mouth area. They are not noticeable and do not detract in anyway. The jet is still highly polished and glossy with no scratches or dulling. That it has survived complete for nigh on 150 years is astonishing really.

A rare and fabulous piece of original Victorian Whitby jet jewelry! Our shop is located in the in the historic heart of the Whitby jet jewelry industry and all our jet is sourced locally.

At Mercy Madge we offer distinctive and unique estate jewelry in our beautifully curated shop. Each piece is carefully hand selected by us, for you. We rarely come across two identical old treasures, once they are gone, they are truly gone! Browse our shop at www.etsy.com/shop/mercymadge

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- Our photographs are taken with a magnified macro lens to show you every tiny detail, flaws and fine scratches are exaggerated and aren't visible to the naked eye, similarly shadows caused by studio lighting can give rise to discolored or dark areas areas that don't exist.

- Unless otherwise stated any antique boxes in our photos are for display only and are not included in purchase. However, do rest assured your purchase will arrive professionally packaged in a custom Mercy Madge box, perfect for gift giving and safekeeping!

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For purchases over $150 we offer a free 60 day layaway term with a 20% deposit which is applied towards the item cost. Once paid we will reserve the item for you.

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Layaway payments are non-refundable and returns are not permitted. Store credit will be offered in certain circumstances at the shops discretion.
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Antique jewellery, by its very nature, is more fragile than modern jewellery and can be more prone to damage. Many of our pieces are 150 years old or more, it is part of their charm and they will require special care.

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Items in original condition may be returned for any reason. Notification of return should be made within 3 days of receipt and item posted within 7 days. Buyer pays return shipping costs. After 3 calendar days all sales should be considered final.

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