"The Doting Mother Pin"- Antique Victorian Milk Tooth Thistle Stick Pin

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The Victorians were a sentimental sort. If mourning jewelry with locks of hair is a bit too morose for you, let me introduce you to the Victorian opposite- Milk tooth jewelry! This style of jewelry was a celebration of life and a celebration of a mother's love for her children. In a time when the infant mortality rate was high, every birthday and benchmark was a small miracle and many mothers celebrated that growth by having their children's baby teeth set into jewelry! This sweet example comes to us from Berlin, Germany and features a baby tooth set into an 8k gold thistle stick pin! 8k was a commonly used alloy in Germany during the time and is still used there today. The thistle is a symbol bravery, courage, perseverance, loyalty, protection, and is a common motif in jewelry of the era. (Though it is humorous to note that  in Victorian flower language, an actual thistle given in a bouquet would have been a warning against intrusion or unwanted meddling.) Perhaps the symbolism works two fold as it celebrates the strength and courage of the mother and also discourages unwanted meddling and unsolicited parenting advice from others. This stick pin is in very good antique condition. The tooth does have some fractures, but is held firmly in place in its setting and is structurally very sound. The pin measures 2.61" long and comes with a secure stopper. The stopper is not gold, but has a nice patina and matches the look quite nicely. 

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The Victorians were a sentimental sort. If mourning jewelry with locks of hair is a bit too morose for you, let me introduce you to the Victorian opposite- Milk tooth jewelry! This style of jewelry was a celebration of life and a celebration of a mother's love for her children. In a time when the infant mortality rate was high, every birthday and benchmark was a small miracle and many mothers celebrated that growth by having their children's baby teeth set into jewelry! This sweet example comes to us from Berlin, Germany and features a baby tooth set into an 8k gold thistle stick pin! 8k was a commonly used alloy in Germany during the time and is still used there today. The thistle is a symbol bravery, courage, perseverance, loyalty, protection, and is a common motif in jewelry of the era. (Though it is humorous to note that  in Victorian flower language, an actual thistle given in a bouquet would have been a warning against intrusion or unwanted meddling.) Perhaps the symbolism works two fold as it celebrates the strength and courage of the mother and also discourages unwanted meddling and unsolicited parenting advice from others. This stick pin is in very good antique condition. The tooth does have some fractures, but is held firmly in place in its setting and is structurally very sound. The pin measures 2.61" long and comes with a secure stopper. The stopper is not gold, but has a nice patina and matches the look quite nicely. 

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