Antique Georgian Lovers Eye Miniature Snake Brooch 18ct Gold
A fascinating antique Georgian Lover’s eye brooch from the late 18th Century featuring a finely detailed lover’s eye miniature preserved behind a glass window.
Eye miniatures or “Lovers’ eyes” were popular during the 18th and 19th Centuries and depict a miniature eye portrait, belonging to a loved one or spouse. Only the eyes were painted so that their identity remained a secret except to the person they loved.
The portrait is set in an 18ct gold frame which has developed a lovely, rosy patina with age. It’s bordered by a snake with engraved scales and is depicted swallowing its tail which was a symbol of eternal love.
It’s an extremely rare and highly collectable piece of history and has remained in pristine condition.
WEIGHT: 1.9 grams
MEASURES: Height 11mm x Width 21mm x Depth 3mm
METAL: 18ct Gold (Tested)
AGE: Georgian. (Circa 1780 – 1800)
ITEM NUMBER: JF9