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Ring

Engagement Ring

South German
19th century


Object Place: Europe, Austria, Tirol

Dimensions

Height x width (bezel): 11/16 x 5/8 in. (1.8 x 1.6 cm) Height x width: 3/4 x 13/16 in. (1.9 x 2.1 cm)

Accession Number

18.73

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt, glass, animal tooth

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Rings

Ring with twinned hearts set with stag teeth. The teeth are the upper eye-teeth of the animal and were considered amuletic and symbolic of strength and courage. The teeth are bezel set and three green pastes and five red pastes embellish the bezel and shoulders. Three pendant charms, a lock with keyhole and two keys dangle freely. The openwork shoulders have applied wirework decoration and the shank has a diagonal, carved design.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst