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
|Saint Ambrose (c. 338 – 4 April 397), was a Frankish bishop of Milan
who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the
fourth century. He is counted as one of the four original doctors of
Ambrose was a Frankish citizen of Rome, born and raised between about
337 and 340 in Trier, into a Christian family. He was the son of a
praetorian prefect of Gallia Narbonensis; his mother was a woman of
intellect and piety. There is a legend that as an infant, a swarm of
bees settled on his face while he lay in his cradle, leaving behind a
drop of honey. His father considered this a sign of his future
eloquence and honeyed-tongue. For this reason, bees and beehives often
appear in the saint's symbology.
After the early death of his father, Ambrose followed his father's
career. He was educated in Rome, studying literature, law, and
rhetoric. Praetor Anicius Probus first gave him a place in the council
and then in about 372 made him consular prefect of Liguria and Emilia,
with headquarters at Milan, which was then beside Rome the second
capital in Italy. Ambrose made an excellent administrator in this
important position and soon became very popular.
Milan (Italian: Milano; Western Lombard:
is one of the largest cities in Italy, located in the plains of
Lombardy, and is one of the most highly developed urban centres in
Europe. The municipality (Comune di Milano) has a population of 1.3
million. The population of the urban area, that coincides with the
Province of Milan, is estimated as of 2006 to be 3,884,481 .
Finally, the population of the Milan metropolitan area counts over 7.4
million residents, the largest in Italy . The municipal border
covers a relatively small area (about one-eighth of that of Rome)
because of the historical development of high density centres in
agriculturally rich Lombardy.
Milan is also renowned as one of
the world capitals of design and fashion. Indeed the English word
milliner is derived from the name of the city. The Lombard metropolis
is famous for its fashion houses and shops (such as along via
Montenapoleone) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo
(reputed to be the world's oldest shopping mall). The city hosted the
World Exposition in 1906 and has submitted a bid to BIE to host the
Universal Expo in 2015. Inhabitants of Milan are referred to as
"Milanese" (Italian: Milanesi or informally Meneghini or Ambrosiani).