During the Qing Dynasty in China, people of all social levels valued being well groomed. Waist hangings indicating status were dangling assortments of grooming kits that could include a variety of personal tool items.
Sterling silver items were most popular and silversmiths could show off their talents by etching art along the cases of the various items.
This sterling silver pendant appears as a slim case with a dragon etched on each side. Dragons symbolized male vigor and fertility.
At each side is a slider. One brings down a tool that was used as a toothpick. The other slide exposes the ear pick. (Today, every ear doctor will tell you NEVER to stick anything in your ear...not even a soft Q-Tip so this is NOT recommended for use.) The toothpick is still functional and great for getting the blob of spinach out.
The miniature tool kit measures 1/4 inch wide by 2 1/2 inches long. The slides work smoothly.
Excellent antique condition. A great conversation piece pendant to hang from a chain. Circa 1890.
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Antique Sterling Silver Chinese Grooming Tools Pendant Dragons