Antique French Wyvern Gold Opal Brooch Pin

A wyvern is a two-footed dragon, a creature of fantasy, dating back thousands of years to Ancient Greece. “Dragon” originates from the Greek, “drakon”, meaning “huge serpent”. This make-believe animal the Ancient Greeks developed was likely just that, an abnormally large serpent with no wings or legs. Their dragons guarded treasures, shrines, and springs. They made homes near water inside caverns and they slept with their eyes open. Wyverns and dragons are both frequented throughout English heraldry, representing valor and protection. During the Victorian era, they were commonly associated with industry and mysterious faraway places.

This gorgeously detailed antique French gold and opal brooch was handcrafted around 1890. It is of a ferocious golden wyvern with two legs, a set of wings, and a fireball made out of an opal. It is as detailed on the back as the front, a true sign of exquisite workmanship. This brooch measures 35 x 40 mm and weighs 14.8 grams. This piece is hallmarked and bears the French eagle’s head, a cartouche containing the letters “H” and “P” with an anchor, and a variety of other French marks.

The Victorians loved their symbolism. Wyverns, a creature of guardianship and strength, has been a popular motif for centuries. This brooch pin is a lasting collectable.

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