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1910's Berber Aardvark Cylinder Purse from the age of the Ottoman Empire

1910's Berber Aardvark Cylinder Purse from the age of the Ottoman Empire

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Material: sterling silver plate over brass
  • Favorited by: 96 people
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Description

This little canister was fun to figure out what, when, and where.
The very clearly depicted aardvark is only native to subsaharan Africa. The designs are very clearly Muslim influenced. The leafy pattern around the aardvark is a common sight in Ottoman Empire art. The drawing of woman in the last photo is of a Jewish woman of the Ottoman Empire where you can see that same sort of leafy pattern in her bodice. The other woman depicted in the photo opposite is a Berber woman from about 1905. The Berbers were included in the Ottoman Empire until the Empire dissolved in the 1920s. The territory of the Berbers extended to the northern edge of the aardvark range. Many silver Berber artifacts have similar patterns as this.
The use of this canister is still up for debate with me. The aardvark and his big nose makes me think of snuff. But this would be a HUGE snuff box. Maybe it was for incense storage? I've considered that it would be good for tea or tobacco too. It would no longer be useful for food storage in that the silver plating is wearing through to the brass making it unsafe for food use. Tea, or such, could still be put inside this if it was placed in a plastic bag first (which would keep it fresher then 1910 overlap technology anyway). It could still be used for incense storage or a novelty purse which is what I like it best for anyway!

Brand: none
Issues: the sterling silver plating is wearing through to brass in spots.
Restoration: silver polish
Use: incense storage, occasional novelty purse
Where made: North Africa
Dimensions
Height: 3.5"
Width: 2.33"
Length: 2.33"
Odor: fait scent of silver polish
Smoke free, pet friendly, vegetarian
This little canister was fun to figure out what, when, and where.
The very clearly depicted aardvark is only native to subsaharan Africa. The designs are very clearly Muslim influenced. The leafy pattern around the aardvark is a common sight in Ottoman Empire art. The drawing of woman in the last photo is of a Jewish woman of the Ottoman Empire where you can see that same sort of leafy pattern in her bodice. The other woman depicted in the photo opposite is a Berber woman from about 1905. The Berbers were included in the Ottoman Empire until the Empire dissolved in the 1920s. The territory of the Berbers extended to the northern edge of the aardvark range. Many silver Berber artifacts have similar patterns as this.
The use of this canister is still up for debate with me. The aardvark and his big nose makes me think of snuff. But this would be a HUGE snuff box. Maybe it was for incense storage? I've considered that it would be good for tea or tobacco too. It would no longer be useful for food storage in that the silver plating is wearing through to the brass making it unsafe for food use. Tea, or such, could still be put inside this if it was placed in a plastic bag first (which would keep it fresher then 1910 overlap technology anyway). It could still be used for incense storage or a novelty purse which is what I like it best for anyway!

Brand: none
Issues: the sterling silver plating is wearing through to brass in spots.
Restoration: silver polish
Use: incense storage, occasional novelty purse
Where made: North Africa
Dimensions
Height: 3.5"
Width: 2.33"
Length: 2.33"
Odor: fait scent of silver polish
Smoke free, pet friendly, vegetarian

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