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"Courage and Curation" Antique Lion Dresser Handle Necklace

$ 83.00

This antique 1800s brass lion head dresser handle was repurposed into this striking statement piece by first cleaning and restoring the brass, then removing the mouth ring and adding two small holes for the chain attachment. These brass dresser handle lion heads are somewhat rare and each one has its own imperfections, making them beautiful one-of-a-kind components for us to repurpose into our jewelry. This lion has been strung on an 18.5" bass link chain. 

Components discovered in Phoenix AZ

After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it is preserved and/or sealed to ensure its longevity and protection. Each and every item is made by hand by owners Nathan and Ali, therefore, some small imperfections or variations may be present in your design. To us, this only adds to the beauty and rarity of your particular piece. 1888 Design does not claim ownership over the design or production of any vintage, antique, or otherwise repurposed object used in the creation of our jewelry. 

Each 1888 Design piece contains unique elements of symbolic or historic value that mean something different to us all. Let's break down what the elements in this design are

Dresser Handle

When it comes to dresser and drawer handles there is more history than you might expect. Since 1888 loves repurposing them for our jewelry, we thought we’d teach you a little about them. In the 1660s the brass loop handle with a sturdy ornate backing started showing up. A common one would be the lion's face with a loop in its mouth. The loop itself was often engraved as well for an extra classy touch. Before the 1660’s the Oak Period from about 1600 to 1660 had lovely, engraved hardwood handles which don’t repurpose quite as well as the brass for our pieces. Many of the handles we find are seventieth-century inspired brass, iron, or alloy handles but made in the ninetieth or early twentieth century.


As the traditional Leo totem, the lion is a figure of courage, loyalty, friendship and strength. Legend says that they sleep with open eyes, ready at all times. Primarily a nocturnal animal, the lion is a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought.

In the realm of spirit animals, the lion wins the prize for the most relentless fighter in the face of life challenges. The presence of this power animal can mean that something “wild” or difficult to control is happening. As such, lions symbolize emotions that are difficult to manage, such as anger or fear. Wisdom, power, royalty, dignity, courage, justice, ferocity, dominion, authority, honor, strength and leadership- to name a few.


Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc which has gained popularity because of its bright color and resistance to wear.


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Can I resize this item?

If a product page does not have a drop down option for size selections, or if the product description does not state a need for the customer to input their desired size in the notes section of their purchase, then we are NOT able to resize the item. Some exceptions can be made with chain lengths. Please reach out to us at and we will try to accommodate as best we can.

Are your earrings hypoallergenic?

All earring posts are made out of sterling silver, stainless steel, or brass metals unless otherwise stated in the product description. Sterling silver and stainless steel are both hypoallergenic metals. Brass can react differently among different skin types, so we advise knowing your body's tolerance to brass prior to purchasing earrings with brass ear posts. Again, all metals used are stated in each product's description tab.

Can I order this as a gift?

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