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Silver Manneken Pis Brussels Shield Charm
Vintage Enamel Silver Manneken Pis Brussels Shield Charm
Material: Enamel & European Silver (marked)
Size: 5/8 inch x 7/16 inch
Condition: excellent vintage condition
This vintage shield charm is for Brussels (Bruxelles),
Belgium. It has an image of the famous statue Manneken Pis (sometimes
called Li'l Squirt) and reads 'MAN. PIS' by the statue's head. Nobody
actually knows why the manneken is there. He is believed to be nothing
more than a decoration on top of a fountain, where people in the
Middle-Ages came to get fresh water. Already in the 15th century a
fountain called 'manneken-pis' existed in the Stoofstraat/Rue de l'étuve.
He has also been stolen several times by plundering soldiers and even by
the citizens of Geraardsbergen, a city in Flanders that claims to
possess the oldest statue of a peeing boy in Belgium. There are many
legends about the Manneken. According to one of them a little boy had
watered against the door of a witch who lived where the fountain now
stands. The witch was so angry that she turned the little boy into a
statue. This charm would be perfect for any personal, travel,
backpacking, European, Belgian, Brussels or famous statues themed charm
This charm is made of enamel and European
silver, rather than sterling, and is marked with 800 and a maker's mark.
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 17 April, 2007.