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Another Victorian mystery object from the late 19th/early 20th century.
What are the five little items carefully mounted in gold?
I have no idea, but feel sure that somebody out there does...
The small dents on them make them look like bones or maybe teeth.
those are Otoliths
these look to be from a cod fish? (as are those in this pic)
they are bones found in the ears of fish and marine mammals like whales.
maybe these where collected by a fisherman, as a token for his loved one, and they where mounted in this broach as a way of displaying their love?
(sometimes i supprise myself! )
Thank you - they do indeed appear to be Otoliths, most probably from a Cod or similar sized fish
Some more can be seen here -
Excellent work Jam!