It's a thingimibob. But what sort of thingimibob?
March 11, 2012 3:53 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: what is this? Pic 1
and pic 2
. Apparently "carved mother-of-pearl with gold banding and red stones".
posted by malibustacey9999 to grab bag (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
She bought it at a swap meet today in Australia just because it's pretty, but now she wants to know what it is. She's an online friend so I can't see it in person, although of course I can ask her if more details are required.
It is flat, and the end (gold bit) looks like something broke off inside, she thinks perhaps more mother-of-pearl.
Suggestions so far include a handle of a mirror, fan or walking stick, but it seems to me that the carving would make an impractical handle. She is getting an art deco/20's flapper sort of vibe, she wondered if it's part of a headpiece from that era?
I'm also wondering if it's ivory instead of mother-of-pearl, but what would I know?