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Bracelet

1929.1792 (RS196460)

Description

This silver "love token" bracelet consists of ten circular charms with personalized inscriptions of initials, first names, and drawings of butterflies inscribed on one side. Six coins feature the design of the 1884 American dime (seated Liberty surrounded by the phrase "United States of America") on the side opposite the inscription. The coin charms are attached to a bright-cut silver adjustable wrist band with 'o'rings. The tab and buckle are now missing from the band.

Details

Label
"Love Token" jewels were quite popular from 1870 to 1890. Silver dimes, nickels and half-dollar pieces were ground down on one side and then engraved and stamped with the initials, first names or nicknames of loved ones. The coins could be oxidized (blackened) to highlight the bright silver engravings. After engraving a jeweler could mount the coins into a wide variety of jewelry, from bracelets to brooches, chatelaines to watch fobs. A combination of vast new silver reserves discovered in the 1890s and a 1909 law making it a crime to deface U.S. currency led to the decreasing popularity of the love token in America. World War II sweetheart jewelry and keepsake gifts led to a brief resurgence in coin love tokens.
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1885
Inscriptions
"Mother / EF / Grandma / S.A.N. / S / ST / RC / Grandpa / Alice / Father / ?" (Engraved)
Location of origin
Providence, Rhode Island
Object type
Adornment
Places
Rhode Island (United States)
Descriptive terms
Bracelet
bracelets (jewelry)
coins (money)
Dimensions
3/8 (W), 2 3/8 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1929.1792
Credit Line
Gift of Lydia G. Chace
GUSN
101494
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