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    Posted 4 years ago

    Newtimes
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    Hello people , its been a while since I have been here but yesterday this cute little naïeve rat found me. Its a bit of a mystery to me I must say.
    Its about 2 cm high and it has a baroque pearl as a back and one as a head. It has one crystal eye, and one eye missing. The body is some kind of white metal, no silver and the tail has a really odd shape and its copper. I just added an old chain I had laying around, but I m not sure if this rat started its life as a pendant. Because of the form of its paws, it looks to me it used to stand or hang on something or it had something in its paws? Maybe it was attached to something because it has a small hole on one flank.
    In the 16 th century they had this sort of really lovely baroque pearl animal pendants but these are really well made and they have a different hanging system. I think maybe this one was based upon one of those.
    My guess is its mid 19 th century and it was originally part of a jewelry box or something, but if you guys have better suggestions, please let me know! Its a real mystery to me.
    Hope you like it as much as I do :-)

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    1. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      What a funny little rat! Hope someone knows something about it, I am dying to know. ......I would have bought it too:-)
    2. Newtimes Newtimes, 4 years ago
      Hello Tassiedevil, thanks for your comments :-) it was the mystery that made me buy it. Hope someone here can help me learn more about it.
    3. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
      Hoi, nice to see you again. I love it a very rare piece but unfortunately i have no idea what it could be!
    4. Newtimes Newtimes, 4 years ago
      Hello Agram, nice to see you too! Thanks for your comments. I never saw something like this before so I had to take it with me :-)
    5. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      A real curiosity piece! I was thinking a stick/cravat pin, the hole being where the stem would attach.
      But...
      The fact his back paws are flat makes me think he was intended to stand, holding a nut or acorn, the tail was probably added or replaced at one time.

      Still a cute mystery, and as you said, really inspired by 16th century pendants with baroque pearl as animal body!
    6. Newtimes Newtimes, 4 years ago
      Hello Kyratango, thanks for your reply! Must ideed have been standing and holding something. Always nice to hear another opinion :-)
      And thank you vey much for the love everyone!

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