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Victorian Pique Hinged Snake Bangle Inlaid with Gold Scales

Victorian Pique Hinged Snake Bangle Inlaid with Gold Scales

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1900: Item # 1460373
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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Baltimore, Maryland 21212
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his wonderful snake bracelet combines the snake motif with the wonderful art of pique work, or tortoiseshell, jewelry. Slight pressure on the clasp opens the hinge at the snake's mouth, the bracelet swings open, the wrist goes into the rounded curved section, and the bracelet snaps back into place with one hand (shown in the video). The clasp is secure. Victorian craftsmen who learned from the French Huguenots, were quite talented, indeed. Translated as "pierce" in French, Pique-work is a technique whereupon tortoiseshell is heated and inlaid with gold and silver geometric or floral designs. This minor art form began in the sixteenth century and originated from the French Huguenots, known for their great skill as artisans. Following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the French Huguenots were banished from France, but as they were sought after for their craftsmanship, several countries including England, Ireland and the Dutch countries welcomed them for the opportunity to teach their skills to others. Pique jewelry, or what remains of pique jewelry, continues to be highly sought after by collectors. Our bracelet will fit most any wrist other than very small ones.