Moorish figurine serpent pin. Made from sterling silver with a gold vermeil finish and hand set with peridot, topaz and citrine stones. Found at an estate sale in Los Angeles, California.
3 1/4″ high x 2″ wide.
The Moorish tower, commonly referred to as Newport Tower is a stone tower located in Touro Park in Newport, Rhode Island.
The tower is supported by eight cylindrical columns that form stone arches, two of which are slightly broader than the other six. The style of architecture, including the arches is obviously Moorish. Above the arches and inside the tower is evidence of a floor that once supported an interior chamber.
The tower was designed to keep time and keep up with aspects of the sun, moon and stars.
The tower can be seen here on the seal of the USS Newport, a US Navy vessel. The Latin writing on the seal, “Magni Nominis Umbra” translates to “shadow of a great name”
“Moorish Vanguard Concert” was a Moorish-American funk band from Philadelphia, that released a single named “The Sunset Of Your Love”, in 1977 on Country Eastern Music.
Members L-R: Jason Bey(Guitar), Melvin El(Trombone), Lewis “Sonny” Bey(Drums), Barbara Bey(Vocals), Harry El(Trumpet), Frank Bey (Vocals), Bernard Bey(Bass).
To hear the song and get more information about the band, click here.