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A prized memento from a successful hunt, trophy jewelry set with hirschgrandln, or deer teeth, garnered enormous popularity in 19th century Germany.
These curved canines were traditionally set in silver by highly skilled jewelry artisans in the small town of Schwäbisch Gmünd, the regional epicenter of silver craft and jewelry production in the 19th century.
Once complete, these tiny tooth treasures were often gifted to loved ones or kept and worn with traditional Bavarian dress during future hunts to bring good luck.
One notable purveyor of hirschgrandln was Queen Victoria's German-born husband, Prince Albert. The prince gifted Victoria with numerous pieces of tooth-set jewelry, including an elaborate necklace made of the teeth of 44 stags that Albert hunted on the royal estate Balmoral in Scotland.
This striking lapel pin is a testament to the high quality craftsmanship of the era. Set in 800 silver, this trophy keepsake features two deer teeth fashioned into the shape of a heart and nestled in a cluster of intricately detailed silver oak leaves. A tiny, decorated acorn branches off the bottom of the setting and rests just below the leaves as a symbol of power, authority and victory.
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