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    Posted 8 years ago

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    There have been over the years a lot of antique jewelry made from animal claw or tooth passed through my hands. Both in silver and in gold. But such special if I show you today I never saw before.
    I'm not a fan of jewelry made of animals but they belong in the ancient heritage in jewelry field. And fortunately, these animals are now well protected though still poached and hunted animals prohibited.

    The brooch that I show you today is very old. I can not say how old. It is made of a crocodiles tooth in a special and rare silver granulated setting. The silver content, I cannot tell. There are 2 same marks. I cannot decode they look like a double U (U) maybe you have an idea?
    At the bottom of the chain hangs a very detailed head of a crocodile, you can even count the teeth and with his teeth put in a gold set Rubin.
    This brooch is quite large; 6 x 5.5 cm.
    Who can tell me anything more about the origin?

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    1. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      nutsabota6 THANKS !!
    2. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      aghcollect and geo26e thanks for interest and loving.
    3. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      idcloisonne thanks for your insightful comments and loving. The picture of the marks has been taken with a digital magnifier. But I replaced it with an even clearer picture of the marks. These show that there are no UU's but two A's (AA). Furthermore, I have the whole brooch checked and no other mark can find. Maybe you have another idea who the artist might be?
    4. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      vetraio50, walksoftly and Manikin thanks for loving
    5. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 8 years ago
      The dutch/Netherlands often used early marks to denote the city where the Silver Assay was Antwerp, Amsterdam. RER(BOB)
    6. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      LOUMANAL thanks for your suggestion I will certainly take a look !
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      BHock45, racer4four and DrFluffy thank you for attention and loving
    8. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      idcloisonne thanks again for your interest and work and you are right it could also be the heads and necks of birds facing right, i replaced a magnifier picture again. But even with this new data, I have not received a reply to my question as to what this might be. Maybe you would like to be further along to find? I would be very grateful.

    9. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      idcloisonne, i'm really very grateful for the effort and time you have to spend on this jewelry. FANTASTIC, thanks a hundred times! indeed a beautiful story you've told there, it might just turn out to be reality. We will probably never know. Should you ever seen those hallmark encounter then please let me know!
    10. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      It is indeed gold (not tested but is cold colored) and yes it must have been a special story what results in this rare jewelry. Hope to "meet" you here again!
    11. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Hi there!
      I think it is a crocodile tooth, not a tiger's, that's why the croco under!
      this one is carved :
      Certainly a colonial trophy, perhaps dutch if you found it in your country???
      Can't help for the marks.
      Love it!
    12. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Hello, how very clever of you, I have not thought about it now, thanks ! And indeed, that also explains why the crocodile is situated below it.
      But fortunately for the animals we now know not how teeth of wild animals look.
      But you are of great help.
    13. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Newtimes thank too for loving!
    14. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      valentino97 and kyratango thanks for loving
    15. pops52 pops52, 8 years ago
      What a fantastic brooch!
    16. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Pops52 Thanks of course I agree at least a rare brooch.
    17. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 8 years ago
      beautiful piece! i hope it's a croc tooth and not a tiger's, because they have many more to spare.

      i think it is from Burma - where a lot of very fine silver work is from. i'm not sure about the marks though. i didn't think they used marks, but i don't know that much about it.
    18. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      ho2cultcha you are right i think this is a croc tooth and till now i don't know the background. Thanks for your interest and loving!
    19. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      tom61375 thanks for interest and loving
    20. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
      Repeated capital ``A`` in an rectangle with cut angles stands for Vienna (Wien) 1866 - 1922.It is seen as secondary mark (e.g. on Zuckerdosen legs) often with Diana`s head and dog`s head,but also as only mark,more often on small articles, but surprisingly on large items,too.It seems the marking system was not very consistent at the time (e.g. dog`s head in rather large items).
      To see discussion in regard of ``A`` secondary mark click here:
    21. raven3766 raven3766, 2 years ago
    22. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
      Ivan49 sorry for my late respons. Thank you very much for your intesting comment.
    23. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
      raven3766 thanks for your reply and love.

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