Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Silver Keepsake

Swirling silver leaves.

Engraved with an “F”
French was my grandmother’s maiden name.

Open, it reveals a coin.
Liberty head nickel, 1899

And is imprinted with these words:

22 SEP 1902

It holds coins for the trolley fare.

A nickel is the perfect size.

Was it made for the American market,
or is there an English coin the same size?

The silver six pence is a bit too small.

Minted for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, 1887.
Purchased at a shop in Canterbury.
Worn in my shoe on my wedding day.

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.


  1. What an interesting and beautiful piece of jewellery. It seems surprising that it was made for the export market but the Victorians were very enterprising. I wonder if it was adapted as a gift for a particular person who had to ride the trolley-bus - which would make it even more special.

  2. I have one - but plain silver. They are for half-sovereigns,to hang from a chain across a waistcoat. I wear mine like a locket.


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