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Gold cased jewelley was extremely popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras and were used for things like seal fobs, watches, watch keys and other working items. The idea being that the piece would be much stronger and last longer if the core was made from a more robust metal than gold.


Unlike modern day plating, old gold cased pieces have a thick layer of gold applied over a base metal meaning you get a hard wearing piece that will wear well and last many years.


This likey Victorian pocket watch key has a coiled snake to the centre which is super cool and collectible and one that I've not seen before.


Use this as a charm or pendant or slide it onto a hoop earring to add a bit of edge. 

Antique snake watch key

Out of Stock
    • Material - bale is 9ct gold, snake and key are gold cased

    • Hallmarks - none

    • Country of origin - England

    • Total length - 2.5cm

    • Width - 1cm

    • Weight - 1.5g

    • Condition - excellent antique condition. There is a split to the metal on the key, please examine the photos. 

  • All of my pieces are at the very least pre-loved and most of them are vintage or antique. This item is not brand new and as such, will not look brand new. Please expect signs of wear to include kinks in links, surface wear to gold, scuffs to stones and accept this as part and parcel of buying second hand jewellery. I will be as clear as I can with item descriptions and condition statement and aim to make sure you are aware of any potential defects before you buy.

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