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Hat ornament in the form of a salamander: 16th-17th century

Hat ornament in the form of a salamander: 16th-17th century
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Hat ornament in the form of a salamander with cabochon emeralds and table-cut diamonds many of which are missing. This hat ornamnet is set in gold. There are two curved and overlapping pins at the back which were used for attachment. The tongue is missing. Part of the Cheapside Hoard. Tudor and Jacobean hat jewels often expressed the sentiments or the sporting, spiritual and cultural interests of the wearer. The salamander had an emblematic significance since it was thought that it could pass through fire without harm by exuding a milky substance which moistened its skin. Fashions in Renaissance jewellery were international and the salamander appears elsewhere, particularly in Spain and as here, in England.
Part of the Cheapside Hoard

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1501 AD - 1600 AD
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