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Crowned Serpents Sterling Silver Pin

The Viking Serpents Sterling Silver Pin is a one-of-a-kind Victorian-era sterling silver pin featuring two crowned, intertwined serpents

$175.00

The Viking Serpents Sterling Silver Pin is a one-of-a-kind Victorian-era sterling silver pin featuring two crowned, intertwined serpents. We’ve never had anything quite like it. In heraldry, snakes often represent wisdom or medicine, but we cannot find this specific image in any of our databases. The pin is unhallmarked which is not unusual for family made pins of the era. The pin measures over 2.25 inches across. A unique pin for a period-authentic Scottish kit.

The Celtic Dragon

The great venomous serpent (beithir-nimh in Scottish Gaelic) often appeared on Summer nights during lightning strikes. The closest thing to a Western dragon in Scottish mythology, beithir began life as dead serpents. If a snake were beheaded and the head weren’t separated from the body by enough distance, the halves would come back together. As the sun set, a beithir would be born.

Like most creatures in Highlands lore, the creature only served to kill the unwary traveller. While unable to breathe fire, the beithir possessed a venomous stinger and typically hunted among the caves and crags along the Highlands. According to legend, any person stung by a beithir must race the serpent to the nearest body of water. If the victim won, their life was spared. Should the beithir win, the victim would die.

Material: Sterling silver

Era: Late Victorian (estimated)

Hallmarks: Unhallmarked

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