One thing that draws me to antique and vintage jewelry is engraving ... the names, monograms, momentous dates, titles and achievements that frequently adorned old fobs, lockets, and medals. Take, for example, this sweet little antique fob, dedicated to Clarence. Although I may not know the story behind the engraving, I am captivated by the love and meaning and sentiment in each little trinket. It makes me want to adopt these orphans, spruce them up, and find them good homes. Don't you want to make room in your heart and your jewelry box for this little slice of history? Yes, I thought so.
A Token of Love
Look closely Very closely. This is a coin, but a coin like no other. A British florin, one tenth of a pound. The obverse reads "Victoria d: g: Britt: Reg: f: d: mdccclxxi" meaning Victoria by the Grace of God, Queen of Britain, Defender of the Faith, 1871. Showing much wear after almost 150 years, this beauty shows signs of its former glory. Hints of an intricate lace bodice, a fleur de lis studded crown, lions, a thistle and shamrock, and the shadow of an Irish harp. This coin is a stunning rarity.
And yet there is something even more striking and unique at play. This florin is also a Love Token, sweetly engraved with the names Carrie and Willie. Carrie and Willie ... Were they engaged to one another, married perhaps, or are those the names of someone's children, maybe even twins? We can speculate, but we can also appreciate this sweet and simple token of love. Strung on a chain of blue topaz, adorned with an antique tassel fob, you will not find another like it.