Wales, have frequently been found the
Druid Holy Snakes. Of these, the vulgar
opinion was,* that they were produced by snakes joining their heads
together and hissing; that by such means, a kind of bubble like a ring
was formed round the head of one of them, which the rest, by continually
hissing, blew on till it came off at the tail, when it immediately
hardened into a ring. Whenever found one of these "snake-stones," was
to prosper in all his undertakings. Such Glass annulets are generally
about half as wide as our finger-rings, but much thicker. They are
usually of a green colour; but, some are blue, and others are curiously
variegated with waves of blue, red, and white. They are, in fact, beads
of Glass, which were used by the Druids as a charm to impose upon the
vulgar.—(See page 12
Dr. Stukeley gives an account of a curious
Glass vase, found near a body that was dug up at
Chatteris, in the
Isle of Ely: its exact
figure, unfortunately, could not be ascertained, as it was broken; but
Dr. Stukeley remarks: "What, I believe, our present Glass-makers cannot
perform, many pipes proceeded from it but closed; I think ten in number.
I never saw one like it, nor can I conjecture what its purpose was."
records: "On the commons about
Winstre, are, several
barrows: in the largest were found two Glass vessels, between eight
and ten inches high, with wide round mouths, containing about a pint of
clear, greenish water; also, red Glass beads, and other ornaments and
Mr. C. Roach Smith, Secretary of the
* Camden's Britannia, vol. ii.
p. 750. An account of this anguinum ovum,
or serpent's egg, is given by Pliny—Nat. Hist. lib. xxix.
† Camden's Britannia,
vol. ii. p. 311, Derbyshire.