Victorian Victorian Tooth Jewelry B.p.o.e., Elks Lodge$110.00
This is a real elk tooth that has been polished to a shiny, smooth finish. It is held in a 12K, gold filled and enamel component with the Elk's Lodge symbolism in white and blue enamel. The elk has tiny cut ruby eyes. The 1.25 inch pendant hangs from a small choker length, 16 inch, 12K gold filled Victorian watch fob. The .5 inch links have great detail on both sides and are connected with tiny, delicate soldered oval jump rings. The gold plated lobster claw is contemporary and has replaced the gold filled closure, which was broken.
Deceased and otherwise absent lodge members are recalled each evening at 11 p.m. , explaining the clock face between the B.P.O.E. ( Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the fraternal group this piece of jewelry is from. ) It is circa 1900 and in excellent condition. The Elks Lodge was founded in 1868 in New York City. Like most fraternal orders, it was founded to skirt certain rules. It was established as a private club to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns. The Elks borrowed rites and practices from Freemasonry.
Material: Gold filled