17th Century Spanish Dolphin Pendant in Shipwreck Silver

This double-sided dolphin springs to life from 400 years ago...

"The dolphin is an animal that is not only friendly to mankind but is also a lover of music, and it can be charmed by singing in harmony, but particularly by the sound of the water-organ. It is not afraid of a human being as something strange to it, but comes to meet vessels at sea and sports and gambols round them, actually trying to race them and passing them even when under full sail.”
Pliny the Elder, in his Natural History (77-79 AD)
from the writings of Aristotle (384-322 BC)

For thousands of years, tales have passed from generation to generation about dolphins coming to the rescue of shipwrecked or stranded mariners… and since man first started sailing the oceans, dolphins have mesmerized these hearty sailors, and those who listened to their tales of the magic creatures of the sea that would “talk,” and play in the wake of wind-driven vessels of centuries past.

Our double sided shipwreck silver dolphin was originally carved many years ago by one of our treasure hunter friends who crafted jewelry in between his treasure hunts. It is styled in the fashion depicted on nautical charts that guided the mighty Treasure Fleets of the Spanish Main and the great British and Dutch explorers and East India Companies during the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Spanish Chart Dolphin Pendant

Shipwreck Silver

This dolphin is cast with our exclusive blend of shipwreck silver from four shipwrecks: Atocha - 1622, the 1715 Fleet, Le Chameu - 1725 and Santa Leocadia - 1800. To read about how we blend our authentic shipwreck silver, where the treasure came from, and the history of these shipwrecks, check out Robert's Blog "Shipwreck Silver - the Story Behind the Story."

Of Special Note: Our exclusive Empires Collection features Museum-Quality Castings that are produced by hand, in the USA, and to exacting standards, creating jewelry pieces that are amazingly faithful to the original artifact.  Each is hand-finished here in the studio - toned, hand-rubbed and polished - making the best of ancient art affordable and wearable for a life-time.

Dolphins and the Greeks

The Greek colony of Olbia (present day Ukraine) on the shores of the Black Sea cast bronze effigies of dolphins and used them as money in the 5th century BC. There is evidence that the Celts in the region also used these as a “proto” currency. And in the 3rd and 4th centuries BC, the Greeks that inhabited Calabria in Southern Italy minted the silver “Boy on Dolphin” drachms.

Your Empires Collection Pendant Comes Complete with:

  1. A Detailed, Two Page Historic Brief Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
  2. A 20" Black Leather Necklace with 2" Extender
  3. A Linen Gift Pouch
  4. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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