A luscious little Victorian 'charm string' pendant that is a sphere of swirled coffee and cream handmade glass with streaks of white. A unique and lovely antique glass drop.
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Some history: Victorian 'charm string' beads or buttons were collected by young Victorian women. These strings of glass beads or buttons, sometimes called 'memory strings', were a fad of the 1860s that remained popular until 1900.
Delightful stories about them have been handed down; one is that each friend and member of the family donate a button. Another is that a charm string was a game of rivalry, yet another a romantic pursuit - 100 buttons meant a suitor was imminent, the thousandth button doomed the girl to spinsterhood!
Size: The sphere measures just under half an inch or 11.5mmm across and the drop from the chain is 15mm.
Weight: 3 grams without the chain.
The Chain: Presented on a gold filled chain, 20 inches or 51cm long. The necklace is shown on a life size torso in photograph 3.
Excellent. No chips or abrasion to the glass, in beautiful order.
A unique and lovely little drop with a charming Victorian back story. I have several of these Victorian charms, handmade and each different to the others!
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