Is this a 18th century Kutahya hanging ornament?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by journeymagazine, Jun 13, 2024.

  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I found this at my local thrift & a google image search turned up various versions of a old ornament used to keep mice out of lamp oil?

    Like thus:
    egg-shaped, designed to prevent mice from getting to lamp oil.

    I don't know how to tell how old it is but there is some crackling on face showing the paint has some age (last 2 photos)

    Are these copied? How can I tell if it's real?

    How exactly would they keep mice away - like a scarecrow?
    Thank you.

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  2. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    The lines look like thermal stress, so they could be more poor storage than age. The glass beads look very modern. Not sure of the rest.
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  3. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    An interesting thing. I have no real idea. I agree about the glass beads. Personally your one doesn’t look very old me. Searching online there are other examples noted to be 18th century (not sure if this is true,but some look much older than ours but have very similar motif)
  4. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I thought it was a Christmas tree ornament at first but after google lens search I decided to buy it "just in case"
    I guess I'm going to have to take it to a antique shop & see what they say.
    Thank you!
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  5. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Hardly looks to date to the 1700s.

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  6. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    All the cats that would have a grand time playing with it.
  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  8. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    The first one says Turkish ottoman- have you found a modern one so I know how they describe it?
    Thank you!
  9. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Can I just call mine a Turkish / Armenian hanging ball ornament?
  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    You can mention Kutahya, since that seems to be the centre of production.
    I would also add the terms 'religious' and 'angel'. Many people collect angel ornaments.
  11. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Thank you!
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