Bad Lippspringe, Germany - Travel Shield Charm

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Silver & Enamel Shield Crest Travel Charm from Vintage Bracelet

Vintage Silver & Enamel Crest Travel Shield Charm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Bad Lippspringe is a town in the district of Paderborn, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the western slope of the Teutoburger Wald, approx. 10 km north-east of Paderborn. Population (2005) 15,211. The springs, the Arminius spring and the Liborius spring, for which it is famous, are saline waters of a temperature of 70 °F, and are utilized both for bathing and drinking in cases of pulmonary consumption. The river Lippe has its source in Bad Lippspringe. Lippspringe is mentioned in chronicles as early as the 9th century, and here in the 13th century the order of the Templars established a stronghold. It received civic rights about 1400.

Shown below: 25 pfennig note with coat of arms (this is not part of the auction, just here to show the coat of arms)

A Lovely Sterling Silver Enamel Shield Crest Coat of Arms Travel Charm from Vintage bracelet.
Beautiful detail and in excellent condition for its age! I am listing 25 charms this week. See them here.

Height: 1⁄2 inch
Width: 1⁄2 inch
Depth: 1/8 inch
Weight: 1.0 grams

I'd be happy to combine shipping if you win more than one!

If is hard to photograph such small objects close-up. For some reason some of the pictures look like there is enamel wear (I assure you there isn't) and the lettering looks handwritten. If you are familiar with these charms you know that they look much better in person.

More Info:
These sterling silver enamel 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).
The English charms usually have baked in enamel and have an ornate sterling silver scroll pattern around the edges. A lot of the Austrian shield charms have a gorgeous embossed Austria Crest (Österreich Wappen) on the backs.

Each colorful charm is a fond memory of a place visited. I often wonder who the women were who collected and wore these travel bracelets, what they saw while they visited, what they did, what they learned...I'd like to have known them.

I saw my first shield charm bracelet in an antiques market in Greenwich, England on a trip to London and I've been hooked ever since. I have collected these charms for many years, dreaming of seeing these beautiful faraway places. I am now selling off some of my collection to pay for a trip to Europe, (hence my seller name eCharmony, it stands for ebay charm money).
I'm hoping to experience the real "charm" of these places firsthand. I'm trading my treasured charms for stamps in my passport and the most valuable thing of all. Creating new memories.

I hope you love these as much as I do and thanks for helping me to finally get there.

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 13 June, 2007.

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