Victorian Silver Love Token Coin Charm Bracelet
Antique Victorian sterling silver love token bracelet with dangling charms of seated half dimes dating from 1853 to 1888. The 6 charms are beautifully engraved on one side with ornate initials and the reverse having the seated dimes. All are attached via a ring to a smooth band. Closed buckle style in the back, the bracelet can be adjusted to three different sizes as well as a safety band catch. Production of the half dime ceased in 1888 and was replaced by the nickel. 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. Each half dime is comprised of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
Measurements: The band can be adjusted from 6 7/8 in. to 6 in. (measured on the inside)
Condition: Very good with a lovely patina to the silver. All the charms have crisp engraving. A sweet memento piece of antique jewelry!