The effect is quite charming and you can just imagine how cute these were and then the little girls making them to play with.
|National Museum of Scotland, A.1961.502C (Snake), A.1961.502B (Stag) and A.1961.502D (Hound).|
Quite a few snakes exist, including the one in the National Museum of Scotland collection of casket toys. The snake is silver bullion that is expanded an wrapped around a wire that is wrapped with wool or cotton and then silk floss in yellow and pink stripes. In this case there might have been a black silk thread going through the silver bullion, but it is degrading away. The snake is about 11 cm in length and 3 cm in width max with the body about as wide as a pencil.
|Domestic Needlework by Seligman and Hughes. |
Adam and Eve formerly of Mr. Percival Griffiths Collection
|Museum of London Ornament ID No. 32.21/7 (1665-1699)|
(Note - if ANYONE knows where this Adam and Eve pieces is - fess up!!). My guess is that it is a velvet pillow with 3-D ceylon snakes on the green velvet and you can recognize the techniques for the leaves and apples... just hope someone gets inspired by that drawing!
While the Museum of London record says that the snake is around a tree, I don't agree as it looks exactly like five wheat sheafs that I have seen personally. I'll bring the wheat up in another blog post. There is one tree-like version that is also in the Museum of London. (From both of these we get an idea of how the trees on the Royal Collection Casket stand up).
|A close up view of my snake example|
It has been suggested that some of the wheat pieces with animals (there are more to show you!) were hair ornaments and I can believe that as they were so pretty and sparkly.
|I have made two snakes! One in silver and the other gold.|