Chinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamelChinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamel

Two Chinese finger nail protectors with decorative enamel work

CONDITION: good vintage condition with accepted wear

SIZE: approx 2¼ x 1 ins (5.5 x 2.5 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1900s – 1920s

MATERIALS: silver tone metal, enamel

DESCRIPTION:

Here are two Chinese nail protectors in silver tone metal repousee designs decorated with coloured enamel.

These nail protectors are related to the habit of noble Chinese and Manchu ladies of growing one of more finger nails very long to display the fact that they did no manual work. The long carefully trimmed nails were a sign of rank and status. In order to protect them thin metal covers studded with jewels or similarly protected were worn. These examples probably date from the early 20th century.


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ITEM ID
DUP19-10-95
AGE
1910's
COLOR
Silver
FASHION ERA
1910's
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
ITEM SIZE
approx 2¼ x 1 ins (5.5 x 2.5 cm)

Chinese finger nail covers silver tone metal enamel

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