Victorian Hat Pin from Bavaria Grandeln Yellow Gold and Elk Tooth
Dimensions Length 3" inches / Width 12mm / Weight 2.6 grams / All Dimensions are approximate
Very beautiful Grandeln Bavaria Stick pin made of 14Kt gold and Elk Tooth. This kind of jewelry belongs to the most ancient Germanic folk traditions; very extended in the upper high class of XIX century Europe mainly because the Royal houses during Victorian period where all of Germanic origin or directly related to them.
This Elks tooth stickpin is in beautiful vintage condition. The front of the pin has sculptural details of an acorn and oak leaves on a branch. There are light scratches on the gold. The pin part has an incised stripe going round the length of the stickpin part, mostly in the middle part. The small teeth on this piece are striking. "Grandeln" in German is the canine teeth of a deer. They are considered as hunting trophies and were (and still are) commonly used in folkloristic jewelry in Bavaria, Austria etc. The oak leaf and acorn motif is another key element of this type of jewelry and it is a pre-Christian symbol of fertility.