Victorian Train (Dress) Holder with Amethyst Snakes in 18k Gold, c. 1890

    Every once in a while I come across a challenge, an item that I just for the life of me can't figure out. What is it? Why was it made? After all, life is different today, a Victorian lady wouldn't have the slightest inclination of what it was if you place the key to your Prius in her hand. So, I guess I can't be totally blamed for not being able to figure this one out right away. I mean, let's face it, some things that were extremely handy back in the day just aren't necessary for today's daily living. Case in point, this golden serpent bedecked gem.

     "Okay, we give, what is it?", you ask. Why, it's a train holder, of course! The ring at the end would go around your finger and you would gather the train of your dress and slide the clasp down to hold it securely. In this way, you could keep your train out of the muck of Victorian London, and arrive safe and clean at the party! 

     This train holder is completely handcrafted in 18 karat gold and features twin snakes with Amethyst heads and eyes. This one most likely was made in England, probably right around 1890. It is unmarked but has been carefully acid tested to verify the gold content. It measures 3 inches long and 7/8 of an inch wide, the ring would fit a finger of up to a size 8.5. It weighs 7.1 grams.

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SKU: TR0210222VS




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