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Whale baleen wrapped with gold ring and snake horn bracelet.

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Posted 6 years ago


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In history many jewelry were submitted by products of animals such as tortoise shell, ivory, horn, animal teeth and whale baleen. Fortunately, nowadays this is largely prohibited. But here are two examples of old jewelry were made of such products.
From the 17th century The Netherlands started with commercial whaling. One of these products of the whale was whale baleen. This ring was made of whale baleen wrapped with gold. There is a boar (looking to left) hallmark.

Next a snake horn bracelet with ivory eyes. The carvings on head and tail are finished with a lighter substance (kind of paint?).
Who can tell me more about the above mentioned hallmark and perhaps the fabric used on the bracelet?

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  1. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    I know that the French used l0ts of animals for hallmarks
  2. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    this is the boar's head mark, in use from 1838 to 1962 for Paris assay office!
    And in my opinion, it is more likely elephant hair rather than baleen, it was a kind of lucky charm!
  3. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Kyratango thanks again for your interest and comment know I know what mark it is! I agree with your opinion this is elephant hair. I compare on your suggestion with my ring from South Africa with elephant hair and that looks like each other very much. Thanks again and I appreciate your vision and help!

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