A really unusual early Victorian period mourning brooch, double sided and encircled by an amazing enamelled ouroboros snake in high relief. The ouroboros is a symbol of the cyclical nature of life and death. Inside is a gold, pearl and hair memento in the shape of a wheatsheaf- symbolic of the ultimate divine reaping and also of everlasting life – flanked by the ornate initials M and F – quite possibly Mother and Father – made from minuscule, graduated blue glass beads. It dates from around 1850 and is in very good, fully wearable condition, with slight loss to the enamel surface, a few loose parts inside the locket, and there is a small crack to the backing inside the locket – this isn’t particularly noticeable. The back locket, though hinged, appears to be soldered shut. It weighs 7.7 grams and measures 30 mm diameter. The final photo shows it with a US penny (1 cent) coin for scale, which measures 19 mm / ¾ of an inch diameter. What’s more, I offer layaway deals so there’s no need to let any of my listings slip through your fingers – just ask! The item “ANTIQUE VICTORIAN GOLD OUROBOROS SNAKE MOURNING LOCKET BROOCH MOTHER & FATHER” is in sale since Wednesday, April 25, 2018. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Mourning Jewelry”. The seller is “victoriousantiquejewellery” and is located in Sale. This item can be shipped worldwide.