Posted 4 years ago
I've only been trying to find out a bit more about this family collection for a few weeks but already I'm hooked on researching them and have learned a lot from looking at similar items on this site and working through the links that members are kind enough to post. I hope some of my posts might be useful and/or interesting to someone starting out like me, and I'd welcome any corrections if I'm getting things wrong!
So today I have these clip-on earrings marked "Siam sterling" on the back. The tail is hinged, as I've seen on other necklaces and brooches with the same peacock design. The design in silver and black is known as "Niello" or "Nielloware" (see link in comments). The interesting thing for me is that they were stored clipped on to a card printed with "Chirochana Raenkham, Public Welfare Department Thailand", with the name "Utoomporn Sanasen" handwritten above it.
I have a theory that my grandfather bought these for my grandmother, or that he was given them as a gift by one of the people on the card. Having "Thailand" on the card helps to date when he got them, as Siam was renamed Thailand in 1939, then reverted to Siam in 1945. Siam eventually became Thailand again in 1949. I believe these come from the earlier dates, as my grandfather died in the mid-1940s. If this is the case though, my grandmother probably didn't get them until after his death as he was away for years at a time and died overseas.
If you got this far, thank you for reading!