A traditional hunter’s trophy called “charivari,” the silver ornaments worn with lederhosen in southern Germany and Austria.
Made with a silver standard no longer used in Germany, so most likely dates to the first half of 20th century or earlier. Made of real marten (wild weasel) jaw in fine silver 835 mount.
My friend Chris Taylor makes the best keychains. Many of them unfold to reveal internal structure, and they all come with fact sheets. I had trouble picking a few to show, because they are all amazing!
- Dated: mid-18th century
- Culture: Indian, Mughal empire
- Medium: rock crystal hilt; steel blade
- Measurements: overall: 13 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (33.66 x 8.26 cm)
- Provenance: from the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates purchase
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elven blade, if i ever saw one