Antique Victorian Love Token Bracelet Sterling Silver Dimes – $325 – Sold Out
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Superb antique Victorian love token bracelet with dangling charms of seated dimes dating from 1853 to 1883. The eight charms are beautifully engraved on one side with ornate initials and the reverse having the seated dimes. All are attached via a ring to an engraved leaf garland that scrolls across the band. Closed buckle style in the back, the bracelet can be adjusted to three different sizes as well as a safety band catch. There are also two loops to add more charms. Such a wonderful piece of history!
Creating and giving love tokens began in England in the 17th century, but reached its greatest popularity in the United States in the 1880s. All denominations of coins were used with the Liberty dime popular as silver was easily smoothed on one side for the engraving. A dime was a day’s average wages back then and were given as a sign of affection with the initials engraved. Love tokens became illegal in 1909 when a US law was passed making it illegal to mutilate coins. Jewelry of this type would also be referred to as sweetheart jewelry during the Victorian times.
Measurements: The band can be adjusted from 6″ to 6 5/8″ (measured on the inside)
Condition: Very good with a lovely patina to the silver. The last charm does not have the Liberty Dime image on one side but a floral pattern. The clasp and holder are secure with no noted flaws.