Artist Statement: You are looking at two antique (circa 1875) Black Forest Hunting Amulets...a little Cherub Angel and a quartz crystal. These were worn to adorn a traditional folk costume and thought to bring good luck and protection from danger while hunting. There are no markings but it appears to be silver (it's very solid) and should polish up nicely. These pieces are highly coveted amongst collectors!
Many fairy tales originated in the valleys and wooded heights of the Black Forest. Perhaps the most famous collection of folktales in our lives, was that of the Brothers Grimm. It is not a coincidence that early 20th century explorations of the unconscious were undertaken in the vicinity of the enchanted, ancient Black Forest.