Victorian Seated Dime Silver Love Token Charm Bracelet
Superb antique Victorian love token bracelet with dangling charms of seated half dimes dating from 1875 to 1883. The 10 charms are beautifully engraved on one side with ornate initials and the reverse having the seated dimes. All are attached via a ring to solid sterling silver band.
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. Each half dime is comprised of 90% silver and 10% copper.
Materials: Sterling Silver
Measurements: 6 3/8 inches on the inside, 2.25 inches across the oval diameter
Condition: Very good with a lovely patina to the silver. All the charms have crisp engraving. A sweet memento piece of antique jewelry!