These sterling silver enamelled travel shield charms
were popular with European, British and American travelers in the
1940's, 1950's 1960's, 1970's, and are highly collectible items today.
The colorful vintage / retro look is very appealing to collectors
and are quite the conversation piece. Some have a vintage patina and
some look like they are brand new even if they are over 50 or 60 years
old. They are wearable postcards and miniature works of art.
Women documented their travels by collecting a souvenir shield charm
depicting the town or country coat of arms crest, a scenic picture
of the area, castles, a famous landmark (Eiffel Tower), building (White
House), person from history (Mozart) or an event (Olympics). These
charms were often given to women as gifts from their men who were
|Bolzano (German: Bozen, Ladin: Balsan, Bulsan) is the capital city of
South Tyrol, the most German region in the northern part of Italy.
Bolzano is the largest city of its region and its archaeological museum
is worldwide famous, because it is the home of the Iceman Otzi. In
Italy it is also famous as the Italian Capital of Christmas thanks to
the characteristic Christmas market. Bozen's/Bolzano's population is
around 100,000 (140,000 including the metropolitan area) and 25% of
inhabitants speak German as mother language.