This happy-faced antique Chinese Buddha was made to sit atop a hat. These were usually put on top of children's hats but this one is a bit bigger and might have been for an older child or adult's hat.
These silver (tests 800 to 900 silver) ornaments were thought to bring protection and good luck to the wearer. This was handmade and so no two of these are ever exactly the same.
This figural ornament measures 2 3/8 inches across by 2 5/8 inches high. The inside is hollow and cone-shaped. It measures 2 1/2 inches deep by about 3/4 inch wide inside head...ample room for fabric.
There are three sets of two holes along the back edges for attaching to fabric. This Buddha of good fortune has his original antique patina...we haven't polished it. It's old and original...in excellent condition. Circa 1900.
This antique hat ornament (and others like it) can be seen in the book 'Four Centuries of Silver - Personal Adornment in the Qing Dynasty and After' - by Margaret Duda - page 133.
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