Antique 1905 Bronzed Pot Metal Boar Pig Fob Charm Stanhope Erotica Princess Clara Ward
A stanhope pig of the "wild boar" type that is in excellent condition with beautiful patina. These types of pigs can generally put into one of two classifications, political and erotic/pornographic. This one is of the latter and could be classified as erotic but not pornographic. Normally such stanhope boar pigs depict ladies who are unknown. It is universally accepted that these "ladies" were generally just your everyday French Harlots of the time. Rarely does one discover a name or history. This pig charm is the exception and the image inside is determined to be Clara Ward an American Gal who became a European Princess and was both famous and infamous at the same time. She posed for artistic photos and coined her poses as "pose plastique". Clara was born in Michigan. Her father was Michigan's first millionaire and he was an industrialist who made most of his money in steel, silver, lumber and steamships. Clara married Prince of Caraman-Chimay about 1900. This did not go well and she eventually would marry 4 times before dying at the age of 46. Her favorite photographer was Leopold Emile Reutlinger and she often posed for him. Her images are found on post cards from that time. She also posed on stage at Folies Bergère and the Moulin Rouge. As a matter of fact, Kaiser Wilhelm II (Emporer of Germany), banned the sale of her photos because he found "her beauty to be disturbing". The stanhope lens is clear and easy to see. It's a nice image and there is a tiny amount of the photo emulsion missing from her forehead. The image is also titled and has "CLARA" and the number "130" at the bottom. On another note, something rarely found in a stanhope view is the photographer name. In this image of Princess Clara, the photographers name can be found handwritten in the lower right corner. It is hard to see in the stanhope because of the depth of the boar from butt to mouth. we noticed this one we had photographed the lens with a microscope and later looked at the images. Please see the photos for the best details and description of this item.