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Teething toy with mother of pearl, early 1900's

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Posted 7 years ago


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It's in a sealed shadow box frame so the photo is not that great. This belonged to my grandmother as a baby, she was born in 1910. I was told it was her teething toy (is that what it is?). The upper half is made of some sort of metal (maybe silver?) and has the face of a man, the lower half is made of mother of pearl. Can anyone tell me anything about this object?

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  1. jackofalltrades, 7 years ago
  2. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    Definitely not a shoehorn, too short & thick.
  3. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 7 years ago
    How long and wide is it? Dave
  4. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    It's 3 and 1/2" long and 1 and 1/2" across measuring from tip to tip of the top of the man's head which I think is a hat. I can't measure how thick it is since it is sealed up in the shadowbox.
  5. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    I found mother of pearl teething toys from the early 1900's online. This one is similar with the mother of pearl part at the base: . Here's another:
  6. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    This website makes me wonder if mine once had bells on it:

    This website shows some teething toys with Mother of Pearl (scroll about halfway down and then keep going).
  7. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 7 years ago
    Yes they did, The size is right as well. Dave

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