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Old silver charivari with seven pendants, mid 20th century.

The Bavarian and Alpine traditional costumes have been experiencing an unexpected renaissance for some years now. Not only at the Oktoberfest you can see young people wearing the traditional clothes and the corresponding jewellery again. A splendid component of the southern German men's costume is the so-called Charivari (from the late Latin caribaria "mess", "craziness"). This jewellery chain made of solid silver is traditionally worn by men on the bib of their lederhosen and is decorated with a multitude of pendants, similar to a begging chain. Often the motifs are borrowed from hunting and forestry. This magnificent example from the second half of the 20th century shows a number of decorative pendants of hunting symbolism. Thus we see the claw of a bird of prey and the antlers of a roebuck (a so-called caretaker), a small hoof, nutria teeth, and amethysts. The two clasps, with which the silver arrangemet with its double chain can be attached to the leather trousers, shows the motifs of old silver coins of the empire. Even though the Wiesn fell through this year, we hope that this fine charivari can be worn splendidly next year!

After the abolition of the extremely rigorous dress codes, which since the Middle Ages had forbidden the rural population to wear colourful garments and metal jewellery, from the end of the 18th century onwards, together with the increasingly colourful clothing, forms of jewellery were able to develop which have since determined the image of festively dressed people, especially in Upper Bavaria and Swabia, but also in other regions. For women, these include pile clasps and choker necklaces, bodice cords with pendants and sumptuously decorated lacing pins, earrings and finger rings, bonnet pins and hair arrows, and for men finger rings, watch chains with a variety of pendants and silver coin buttons.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.