At the choice of the offended party, the duel could be fought to a number of conclusions:
–To first blood, in which case the duel would be ended as soon as one man was wounded, even if the wound was minor.
–Until one man was so severely wounded as to be physically unable to continue the duel.
–To the death (or “à l’outrance”), in which case there would be no satisfaction until one party was mortally wounded.
–In the case of pistol duels, each party would fire one shot. If neither man was hit and if the challenger stated that he was satisfied, the duel would be declared over.
I declared this duel over when a lovely raw quartz crystal point became forever joined with a rich patina’d bullet casing and then dangled from an elegant vintage brass finding. I’m not sure if this finding is truly ancient or (as I suspect) if it is a revival piece, but it is old, and it is exquisite. Lots of filigree, faux turquoise stone, and five marcasite gems that sparkle and catch light beautifully. Truly one of a kind.
Currently, this necklace is very long, on delicate brass chain with a lobster clasp. I can make it any length you want, just send me an email.
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