Carved Bone Apple Corer, Dragon Motif A rare find these apple corers were popular in England during the 18th Century. Especially during Georgian era from about 1715-1830.
We suspect the expansion of the British empire into Asia by the British East India Company was the influence behind the design of this piece. During this period of time the world was fraught with war. These pieces were commonly made in England by Prisoners of war from Mutton bones, which were plentiful. The question is did the British discover this in Asia and bring it back home or did the Chinese copy this British tool.
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DIMENSIONS: 5” L x 1.5" W x 1” H
ORIGIN: Unknown China or England
MATERIALS: Bone, likely Mutton, Ox or Cow bone
FACTS & HISTORY: No one knows exactly when legends about dragons first originated, but the symbol dates back to at least 3000 BCE. According to one theory, the legendary Chinese dragon evolved out of ancient totem-worship practices.
Historically, the Chinese dragon was associated with the Emperor of China and used as a symbol to represent imperial power. The founder of the Han dynasty Liu Bang claimed that he was conceived after his mother dreamt of a dragon.