Wind it back in time with this wonderful endless ouroboros serpent snake watch key necklace charm
- description -
The scaly endless serpent snake devouring its tail is called the ouroboros, or uroboros, and is symbolic of continuous renewal, the cycle of birth and death, and infinity.
It is also symbolic of eternal or everlasting love, and for that reason the snake with its tail in its mouth was chosen for Queen Victoria’s engagement ring from Prince Albert.
A watch key, or key wind, was necessary to wind the watch and to set the movements. The sizes of the watch keys varied, and were made to fit the square shaft in the pocket watch to wind the watch, and the styles varied, some were no more than functional and some were fabulously ornate.
This endless ouroboros snake serpent watch key charm has been reproduced from an antique Georgian era (1714 - 1830) pinchbeck watch winder key from my private collection of interesting novelty watch keys, and is shown in the 6th and 9th photos, but it is not meant to wind your pocket watch since the replica key hole size may be off.
- approximate pendant measurement - 1 1/2" x 5/8” (32mm x 16mm)
- charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- photographed with an old US dime for scale
- the chain is sold separately here
- more chains and charm holders are available here
Impressed with history!
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The last photo shows a few of the antique watch keys in my personal collection, some of which are available as replicas.
*Personal time pieces were introduced in the 16th century, and were called pocket watches, a watch meant to be carried in the pocket and tethered to a chain, cord, strap, etc. to prevent it from being dropped and for a quick and easy grasp from the pocket.