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Posted 2 years ago


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Please help me identify what in the heck this is! It is Sterling Silver. It is hollow. It does NOT open in any way. It hangs on a sterling silver chain. The center of the chain has a large ring (3/8 across) that is NOT a spring lock. Ther eis some really weird mark tat I cannot read on it. It has hammered decorations on it. ON the ends of it, it looks like a the end of a sausage witht that starbuest design like cheap hot dogs in unnatural casings. It is 3 inches long. HELP! I have had this for YEARS, and I still can't figure out what it is or what it is used for! Hang a hankie on it? A serviette? A cravat?

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  1. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    I think it just about has to open -- otherwise, whats the point,unless it was crafted around something inside. (:-)
  2. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    Yes I think You are Right AR8 !
  3. TallCakes TallCakes, 2 years ago
    the opening paragraph does say the piece is about 3" long so from the pics I'd estimate it would be close to 3/4" diameter or so. Looking closely at the images I cannot make out an open seam indicating a separation for a cap to be removed. Maybe just me, but can't imaging that a match would easily strike on a spherical end with this design. The size does seem consistent with a match safe/holder; the chatelaine idea does make sense.
  4. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
    It IS a gen-yoo-ine mystery! I assure you - it does not open! I don't believe it ever did - there is no secondary solder. The chain is attached to the body of the piece, not the ends. I thought it might be part of a chantelain, too. To hang a kerchief on possibly? Pull the train of a dress through to keep it clean? The 'sausage' starburst ends would not light a match very effectively. All the decoration is hammered in using little stamps. I used to dop leather tooling (years ago) and the decorations remind me of leather tooling dies. Measuring the width, it is 3/4 inches across. I bought at estate sale, and no one there knew what it was, either!
  5. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
    LOL - I sure had a lot of typos yesterday. I was into about 16 hours into nicotene withdrawl. Brutal! But I'm still going strong on my second day! Thanks for trying to help me figure this mystery out!
  6. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
    What about a man's chantelain? I thought maybe you would hang you napkin on it while eating if you hung from around your neck? Or a cravat-typr tie? I thibnk it is older thanVictorian.
  7. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    My mind went from sex to drugs!!! I love it! Maybe a handle? Hooks onto a Sterling chain leash to a diamond studded collared miniature poodle! haha, I need to know now! If you find out! Or let me know on one of my posts! I really love it!!
  8. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    check this out

    Antique Coin Silver Cylinder Pendant
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    This is certainly more ornate but the style & size is the same.

    Silver Amulet Qtub Hirz Prayer Cylinder, Yemeni bride's wedding jewelry
  10. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Good work! Walksoftly!
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Thanks toracat, but I think we should wait & see what others have to say.
    The credit would actually go to Google.

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