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Object ID # 1972.050.001
Object Name Bracelet
Title 1896 Charm Bracelet
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1896
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description Erased coins charm bracelet owned by Kittie Parker of Owen Sound in 1896. There is a silver band, so the bracelet cannot be adjusted in size. The band is engraved with "KITTIE PARKER O.S. JULY 25TH 1896". The coin charms have the names of her friends or family engraved: Dagmar, Laura, May, Bertha, Edith, Grace, Hart, Rosa, Patsy, Janey, John, Clare, Bill, Norah, plus some initials-only ones. Some of the coins are cut decoratively.



Provenance This charm bracelet is interesting in that it has actual coinage that was altered to make the charms. The bracelet band has "KITTIE PARKER OS [Owen Sound, Ont.] JULY 25TH 1896" engraved. The coin charms have the names of her friends or family: Dagmar, Laura, May, Bertha, Edith, Grace, Hart, Rosa, Patsy, Janey, John, Clare, Bill, Norah, plus some initials only ones.
No maker's identification is seen. It was likely engraved by an Owen Sound jeweller.

This bracelet was given to the previous owner's mother, Margaret McNabb (nee _____), by a Mrs. Ellen McKnight, who had worked for the Parker family at one time. The previous owner, Delia Patterson (neƩ McNabb), resided at Windsor, Ontario later in life. When she was growing up, her father, Thomas McNabb, worked at John McQuaker's grocery store in Owen Sound.
Collection Jewellery, 19th-c Collection
Material Metal/Silver
Dimensions H-1.024 W-0.236 Dia-2.362 inches
Found Ontario
People Parker, Kittie
Subjects Coinage
Coins
Jewelry
Friendship
Bracelets
Search Terms Victorian
Function A "novelty" sort of sentimental jewellery item. It uses former coinage in different ways to create a charm bracelet. It was a Victorian fad to erase and re-use coinage to make jewellery items (often one can still see the head of Queen Victoria retained). It was apparently engraved in Owen Sound, Ontario, by an unknown engraver, and worn by a girl who lived in Owen Sound, c. 1896.