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Ref  SM1   Charivari

A silver-set charivari amuletic necklace, circa 1890. Charivari were Bavarian talismanic amulets worn by hunters for good luck and to protect them from danger. Here various forms of amulets are attached to a chunky silver chain. From left to right in the photograph on model : a stag tooth in an oak leaf and acorn mount, a chamois horn in an oak leaf mount, fox teeth in a fox head mount, wild boar tooth in an oak leaf mount, three roe deer horn in oak leaf mounts and a stag tooth in an oak leaf mount. The necklace is 17 inches long. The fashion for such jewellery was also imported to England by Prince Albert, who presented Queen Victoria with an elaborate necklace of 44 stags' teeth. For similar examples of charivari, see the Pitt Rivers' Museum collection.

£1850

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