Antique Bavarian "Charivari" Hunting Amulet
DATE: Victorian, c.1860
An unusual antique Bavarian Charivari hunting trophy, dating to the mid-Victorian period. It's modelled in 15k gold, with a fringe of oak leaves that give way to two elk teeth
Charivari (pronounced "schariwari") comes from the Latin caribaria, which translates as "madness" or "pandemonium"; these talismans were worn by hunters to bring good fortune - and later as status symbols. A somewhat unusual example mounted in gold, as they were more commonly fashioned from silver.
2.7 x 1.7cm
No marks present, tests as 15k gold
Very good, light wear commensurate with age and use