Fingernail Guard

About this object

History of use

Worn on the end of fingers, as ornaments, by people of rank. They emphasize a lack of manual labour by the wearer.

Physical description

Two (parts a-b) metalwork pieces that have a long convexly curved fingernail-shape with the bottom ends folding over each other to make a circular enclosure. One piece (part a) has a design consisting of blue and turquoise enamelled flowers with leaves around the fingernail-shaped part and a circle around the circular enclosure part. The other piece (part b) has a design consisting of blue, yellow, and turquoise enamelled books around the fingernail-shaped part and a flower around the circular enclosure part.