One lovely morning, around 1890's Germany or Austria, an elk or deer awoke with delight, and exclaimed, "Mutter, schau, was die Zahnfee mir hinterlassen hat!" (Translation: "Mother, look what the Tooth Fairy left me!") Flashing an endearing gap-toothed grin, the happy creature displayed the 50 Pfennig found beneath its pillow...
Here we have a fantastic tribute to Victorian beauty and weirdness, in the form of a demi parure festoon / swag necklace and drop earrings, containing real teeth! The teeth, were more likely attained as a hunting trophy than through the comforting scenario above, brought to us by a willing suspension of disbelief. And truly beautiful the necklace and earring set is, with its concoction of Art Nouveau-influenced swirls, oak leaves, and acorns! The silver has a fantastic original dark patina, and a rose gold acorn sits beneath the large teeth in the necklace drop.
The silver is stamped 835 and stamped BS (or B5?) at the backs of the earrings and on the necklace clasp. The yellow gold earring hooks and latches are the German equivalent of 9k (9ct) gold, and stamped 333 on their lever backs. A true conversation-starter, this set is unusual both in its use of animal teeth and unusual in that the necklace and earrings have remained together all these years. Perhaps there weren't multiple children in the family vying to inherit a piece of this macabre jewelry set... Vegetarian as I am, I still find this set exquisitely beautiful, and hope it will find a new home with another person who appreciates the beautiful and strange!
Any taxonomic odontologists out there who could inform us whether these teeth belonged to a deer or elk?
Necklace length: 16.5" around
Necklace length, end-to-end: 9.375"
Necklace drop length: 1.75"
Each earring is 1.13" long
Combined weight, necklace and earrings: 18.8 g
Necklace weight: 14.4 g
Earrings combined weight: 4.4 g
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Antique Victorian Stag Tooth Teeth Demi Parure Festoon Necklace Earrings Set 9k Gold Silver