This old Chinese enameled silver fingernail guard is from the Qing Dynasty, late 1800s. These hollow silver sheaths were made to protect the long fingernails of aristocratic women. A fingernail guard proclaimed the wearer's social status and the fact that she did no manual labor.
This silver guard features repousse floral designs with colored blue and yellow enameling. It measures 1/2 inch wide at the opening and 2 inches long. It was acid-tested for sterling. The back of the guard is made with a customary reinforcing plate with holes for ventilation.
The guard was added to an old 20-inch sterling silver chain (unpolished) to be worn as a pendant. It's marked STERLING on the ring clasp. Together, they weigh 8.8 grams. Very minimal wear to the enamel. Overall, this fingernail guard is in very fine antique condition.
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