This Victorian era Elk's tooth pendant / fob belonged to a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks...the BPOE.
This fraternal group didn't come from any ancient or noble guilds. The fraternity was started by actors and entertainers in the 1860s as a way to be able to drink on Sundays without having to pay extra taxes in the state of New York. The group originally called themselves "The Jolly Corks," but in 1868 they decided to form a proper fraternal order with an emphasis on benevolence and charity. They chose to be Elks because they believed them to be distinctly American animals. Their emblem is an Elk imposed over a clock tolling the 11th hour, as this is the hour Elks pause to give remembrance to their absent brothers.
So this tooth represents all of the above...the figural brass Elk (with a missing ruby eye that can be replaced), the 11th hour clock (missing a bit of the white enamel), and the overall ornate quality of the era.
The metal is gold-filled or gold over brass. The tooth measures 11/16 inch across (12mm) by 1 1/2 inches high. The tooth fob is in very good antique condition, even with noted flaws which we chalk up to a bit of reveling. The tooth itself is fine with no chips.
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