Antique human distal phalanx necklace (thumb)
This little curiosity has been around for about one hundred and fifty years. It came from a private collection that I received many years ago and that was part of a full medical skeleton. It originally belonged to a family of doctors and teachers that spanned over four generations. It had been displayed in both their classrooms and offices.
As the story I was told (from the original family) goes, it belonged to a criminal in England during the mid 1900s. He was hung for his crimes and his body was handed over to be used for medical research. Which this family has had since that time, along with other collections of skeletons, wet specimens and original photos.
Well, it seems as tho he was studied down to the bones. He can be displayed around ones neck, in a dome jar or a vintage shadow box. I'll leave that up to you to decide.
It is in its natural finish. Nice light aging.
A sterling silver eye and loop have been added and it comes with a 16" sterling silver chain. The phalanx is approximately 7/8".
I will be posting other phalanges in various fashions (shadow box, necklaces and the sort) soon.