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Mar 27, 2010 6:44 PM

two pins

Two items of natural history, mounted with pins for wearing (probably late Victorian). Both approximately 100mm long.

Fang, bone, tooth or tusk - and from what?

 

Any ideas.....

 

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    May 4, 2010 10:41 AM (in response to greyarea)
    Re: two pins
    I've never seen bone used like this before! What's the history behind them out of interest?
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    Jun 1, 2010 3:30 PM (in response to greyarea)
    Re: two pins
    These look like metatarsal bones, that is the rear foot bones in animals. Metatarsals are not generally pointedat one end, though the horse metatarsus can be,  rather they are blunt, so these specimens may have been worked. We would need to see the specimens in order to make further identification, so you could always bring them in to us at the Identifcation and Advisory Service.
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:26 AM (in response to greyarea)
    Re: two pins

    Hi,

    Thursday, Friday and Sundays are our drop in days, you can come in at any time on any of those days. You will have to leave the specimens with us so they can be compared to our collection.

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