"Seaside Sterling Love Token (REVERSIBLE)" - Love Token Necklace - Sterling Silver Victorian Seaside Landscape Antique Accent Charm Necklace

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A lost art-form, love tokens have been made from coins for centuries. The commoner's engagement ring, a man would scrimp and save for the best coin he could afford (typically a silver dime), sand down one side and then etch his lover's name on the blank half. Presented to his betrothed, she would wear it as jewelry or sew it to the inner lining of her bodice, close to her heart.

This particular love token was engraved on a late 1880's silver coin from England. Whereas typically only one side of a love token is etched, this is a rare DOUBLE SIDED example, most likely given by a naval officer or sailor to his lover remaining at port. 18mm in diameter, the charming scene depicts a ship, lighthouse, church, and sea... the reverse is an intricate example of a lover's knot. Sometimes in place of a name, the initials of the sweethearts were interlinked - in this case a V+H+M immortalizes that though an ocean may separate the lovers, their hearts would remain forever intertwined.

The perfect gift for your beloved, this petite charm hangs from a delicate yet durable sterling cable chain with spring ring clasp. REVERSIBLE.

*This is a sterling silver cast replica of a one-of-a-kind original from the 1880's - an important part of accessory history, it an early example of personalized charms and sweetheart jewelry for the non-noble class.

Pattern or design used: My own design - Seaside - Sterling Love Token (REVERSIBLE)
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