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An extraordinary assemblage of objects pertaining to the occult and witchcraft, 17th to 20th century

Property from a German Private Collection



An extraordinary assemblage of objects pertaining to the occult and witchcraft, 17th to 20th century

An extraordinary assemblage of objects pertaining to the occult and witchcraft, 17th to 20th century

Property from a German Private Collection

An extraordinary assemblage of objects pertaining to the occult and witchcraft

17th to 20th century

the collection including pamphlets, talismans, amulets and other occult objects contained in a casket with a hinged lid and doors opening to reveal a marbled paper interior with two short drawers

33cm. wide, 25cm. high, 25cm. deep; 1ft. 1in., 10in., 10in.

The contents comprising:

An English latten Apostle spoon, second half 16th century

A wood baton with a carved grotesque mask finial mounted with bone

A small Jerusalem mother-of-pearl inlaid cross, wrapped in red twine and another cross with two nails attached

A small bone cruciform reliquary

A small cross with twine and hammered nails

Two small carved bone skulls

Three bird talons

A preserved crows head with beak

Six wrought iron nails

An engraved silver-metal patriarchal cross, with pendant loop

A cast silver-metal crucifix, with pendant loop

A small silver pendant in the form of a key

A silver-metal pendant and chain, the pendant cast with a dragon and verso engraved with a star motif and the word SATAN

Two repoussé brass oval plaques each with a scene from the flagellation of Christ

Two thing silver repousse plaques depicting kneeling figures praying

A Damascened Rococo style hairpin, 18th century

A silver hat-pin, 19th century

A brass hat-pin, with cherub and heart finial

A small handstitched cloth ‘Voodoo’ doll, in linen bag

A small handstitched cloth ‘Voodoo’ doll, with hair and pins, in silk bag

A small handstitched cloth ‘Voodoo’ doll, fixed to a board, with nails and pins, in linen bag

A carved wax ‘Voodoo’ doll with tacks and pins, in parchment bag

A plaster/composite cast of a Gothic style wax seal

A small carved boxwood Christo Vivo between Saints, with lidded case

A carved wood Christo Morto, with brass fixing for hanging

A cut length of plaited hair

A printed cotton bag containing a small group of manuscript fragments

A small lidded wood box with nine various nails and tacks

A small silver and wood pendant cross

Part of a metal button

A pressed metal ‘claw’ spangle

Three small composite votive figures

A cut-brass pentagram

A gilt-metal watch key

A pair of polished steel sewing scissors

A small hollow-cast silver taper-stick

A gilt-bronze mount in the form of a gargoyle

Three small stained wood spikes

A moulded wax plaque of the Virgin & Christ child

A miniature Venetian glass goblet, from a dolls house

Two cast-wax male figures in 17th century costume

Five metal finger rings, one hardstone mounted

A steel knife, the blade marked ‘A.M.’

A bracelet of chord threaded with bones and metal mask pendant

An Asian fragment of bone carved with a skeleton

A brass token engraved with a depiction of Christ and Cyrillic text

An engraved brass pendant with hanging loop and serrated border

A cast metal pendant depicting a Saint, with hanging loop

A silver-metal pendant engraved CONIAGREAT and verso IRDE, with hanging loop

A small brass oval pendant from a rosary

A brass cast pendant in the form of the Virgin and Christ Child, with matrix engraved ‘ID’

A cast-bronze cross on stand

Two paper scrolls

A piece of bone carved to a point and pierced for use as an amulet

A silver-metal reliquary with glazed hinged compartment concealing the Virgin and Christ child

A silver-metal hinged snuff box containing a smooth pebble, the lid with armorial

A silver-metal glazed pendant and chain containing a paper fragment with manuscript diagram and text, the border of the pendant in the form of an ouroboros

Two small glass bottles with corks

A glazed pendant with disc of paper printed with a Papal Saint

An engraved silver pendant-reliquary of rectangular form dated 1765, folded inscribed paper to the interior

A brass disc engraved with an ouroboros and tree, with integral pendant loop

A brass disc engraved with concentric circles of text centred by a crucifix

A carved wood figa pendant

An ‘angelic scrying mirror’ with two glazed discs containing text in manuscript in concentric circles and mirror

A small silver tumbler cup, probably German

A rosary of turned wood beads and metal bells

A bentwood box, with papered label to the lid inked ‘Geheime Sachen’

Another bentwood box, with inked paper label to the lid

A bentwood box containing a collection of animal teeth

A dried seed case

A cast ‘Ancient’ style coin

A fragment of vellum with manuscript text and symbols

A set of eight miniature brass bells with glass clappers

A silver-metal conjoined double cannister, each lid with a cruciform finial

A black scrying mirror in fold-over leather case

Seven bound pamphlets/documents with text in manuscript

A metal-mounted green leather document case with two concertina compartments containing clippings and cut-prints

A Continental double-cased silver-metal watch with chain and fob-tassels, 19th century

Gallery inspection recommended. Whilst this group of objects is fascinating, the onus is fun and decorative rather than academic. The casket appears principally 17th century albeit with a re-lined interior and the case has undergone some remedial attention. The doors are slightly uneven. The casket outer surface has wear and some re-decoration, the surface also appears to be later blackened. It is possible that the attractive marbled paper to the interior is later. Some metalwork mounts, hinges and knopped handles to drawers later. Many of the objects are of an aged appearance and show signs of extensive wear and use and in some cases are fragmentary. The objects probably assembled/curated in the 20th century, many of these components are 19th century and some earlier – some are also more recent. The watch movement has not been tested. A most unusual lot.

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