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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (south, made)

  • Date:

    1800-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with a stag's tooth

  • Museum number:

    173-1872

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ring is set with a stag's tooth on the bezel. Jewellery set with Hirschgrandln (deer's teeth) was very popular as a hunting souvenir throughout the Alpine region in the 19th century, and is still being made today. Prince Albert may have taken the idea to Britain when he married Queen Victoria, who had many of her children's teeth set as jewellery.

This ring, which carries the silver mark of Passau, is typical of traditional rings from Bavaria.

Physical description

Heavy silver ring with cast pierced shoulders holding a triangular bezel set with a stag's tooth. The back of the shank is decorated with diagonal lines.

Place of Origin

Germany (south, made)

Date

1800-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver set with a stag's tooth

Marks and inscriptions

Worn mark of lion rampant facing left in oval frame.
Possibly the town mark of Passau.
On inside back of shank.

Dimensions

Length: 2.6 cm, Width: 2.5 cm, Depth: 1.9 cm

Descriptive line

Heavy silver ring set with a stag's tooth bezel, South Germany, 1800-1870.

Materials

Silver; Tooth

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Amulets

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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