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Snake bracelet with box owned by Catherine Dickens



Object number (per part)

DH1045, 2019.4.4

Object name (per part)


Production date

1840s - 1850s


This gold-tone snake bracelet was owned by Catherine Dickens from around the 1840s - 1850s. The bracelet is a typical piece of Victorian jewellery and is full of meaning in its design and materials. Turquoise stones symbolise love, while rubies represent strength. The whole bracelet is in the shape of a snake or serpent, symbolising eternity. In her Will, Catherine bequeathed this bracelet to her daughter, Kate Perugini. It is similar in design to a ring owned by Catherine (DH728).

Physical description

This is a gold-toned snake bangle with turquoise inlay on the head and tail, with ruby eyes. The head is engraved with a swirled floral and leaf design. The snake is portrayed with an open mouth, which reveals teeth and a forked tongue. The bracelet is hinged in two places for wearing and is accompanied by its own custom box.

Credit line

Purchased with support from the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund (National Lottery), the Art Fund and the Dickens Fellowship.
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