A RARE GOLD, ENAMELLED AND JEWELLED SNAKE BRACELET

marked moscow, circa 185o, maker's mark illegible

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The reticulated gold body tapering on each end, the surface engraved to simulate scales, with tail forming a loop, the snake's head of cobalt enamel with ruby-set eyes and tongue protruding between jagged gold teeth, its crown set with two champagne-colored old mine-cut diamonds (not tested for natural color), the underside fitted with a gold hook which latches on to a section of the tail