Dear Reader, it has been a while since I've written about the eagle and serpent. But I've been working on it slowly. Currently it is the custody of Frank Aon of Orenda Labs to be examined and tested. I'm not sure the exact nature of the testing but he has access to some very sophisticated laboratories, which have specialized equipment that one cannot access easily. He believes in its antiquity, but the repairs done to it have eliminated much of the evidence of its age one generally looks for, patina, and core material.
This June I went on trip to Florence, Naples and Rome, looking for parallels. The collector/dealer from whom the eagle came, believed it to be 17th Century Italian, and by Giambologna. Florence is where I was able to see the most bronzes from that period and by Giambologna and his followers. In Rome and Naples I hoped to find parallels for the eagle in marble and or bronze. It was in Florence however that I got the most helpful parallels, however no clinchers.