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    Posted 6 years ago

    angtheone
    (2 items)

    I have acquired an Otter Paw brooch, not my kind of thing and not sure what to do with it. I would not wear it. It is Victorian as I know a lot about Victorian jewelry and this has a wide tube hinge and C clasp. I know these paw or feet brooches were the fashion in the Victorian era and can still be found with Grouse and Rabbit feet in Scotland. I am in Scotland. Grouse are ten a penny in this area in the Highlands but an Otter is a rare beast these days so to have an Otter Paw from around 1890 set in Silver is surely a very rare item indeed and it's in great condition. Any ideas what I should do with it. It is prohibited to sell.
    Angela
    angela.zwartjens@hotmail.co.uk
    01475 633471

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Another time's witness! Along with tiger claws jewellery.
      Saw regularly on EBay, with date of hunt though, so I think it may pass their rules :-)
    2. angtheone, 6 years ago
      Thanks Kyratango,
      Don't want to run the risk of being banned on Ebay. I did see them there. Funny you should mention Tiger claws because I have one of those as well which I acquired with the Otter Paw. The Tiger claw is set in an 18k gold stick pin and is also Victorian. You can see it is the real deal and have tested the gold on professional gold tester. Tiger claws are also prohibited on Ebay. It makes no difference if they are Victorian or before 1947 which makes it legal to sell in the UK. Ebay just don't want this kind of thing on their site so as not to cause any confusion as to what is genuine and what isn't and of course not to offend anyone. In my opinion, what was done before 1947 is done and we shouldn't destroy these things but completely agree with Ebay about not listing in case someone sells something that isn't pre 1947.
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      I hate this and love it at the same time. Like my raccoon baculum.
    4. frisco frisco, 6 years ago
      Hello: Very disturbing to me, but also Very interesting. I Googled it after seeing it, wondering if it was a good luck charm, like the rabbits foot that I grew up with, OR, a hunting trophy pin? I learned allot, and thank you for showing it. From what I can tell. it falls in the hunting trophy catagory, do you agree? PS: I found a couple of comps., that were in the 200 dollar range. Thanks again for Posting it!
    5. angtheone, 6 years ago
      Hi guys
      Yes I agree with all your comments. It is a hunting trophy and don't agree with it at all but unfortunately this was common in the Victorian era and nothing we can do to undo this other than stop it happening now. I am an animal lover and the idea of this is just dreadful. It wasn't that long ago that we were wearing fur coats either. I look at it for what it is which is a piece of our history not to be forgotten and to learn from it to improve ourselves. On the other hand grouse are a different kettle of fish. Take a drive in the Highlands and you will see they are overrun with grouse and they have a habit of waiting for you in the car and then run out across the road in front of you. They are the only birds up there that I just couldn't seem to avoid with the car. Now it wouldn't be hard to find a dead one at the side of the road and make a brooch out of it. Although, I certainly wouldn't want to wear it. Each to his own as long as no animal is hurt during the making as they say.
      Not heard of a baculum!
    6. angtheone, 6 years ago
      Oophs that's me in the car not the grouse waiting in the car. They ain't that smart!
    7. angtheone, 6 years ago
      Hi Frisco
      Can you tell me where you found them at that price on Google. I would be interested to know exactly what it's worth. PS. The rabbits foot brooch is classed as a lucky charm in the UK although not very lucky for that particular rabbit.
      many thanks
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      I can't imagine wearing something like this as a brooch. Can you imagine what a child would think? The Victorians certainly were peculiar.
    9. frisco frisco, 6 years ago
      Here is one of the sites i found with your brooch on.

      http://www.jewelry-hallmarks.com/sterling-silver/rare-antique-sterling-silver-otters-paw-foot-pad-brooch-1920-hunting-trophy



    10. angtheone, 6 years ago
      Thanks Frisco
      Much appreciated.

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