VINTAGE 800 SILVER KÖLN TRAVEL SHIELD CHARM
Very cool vintage Köln (Cologne), Germany enamel charm, signed 800 REU for 80% Silver on the back*. This charm has no jump ring; a new one can be added for a small fee, but cannot be soldered without risking the enamel. Please contact me if required.
*The number on hallmark stamps refers to the purity of the metal. Sterling Silver is stamped 925, which denotes 92.5% minimum Silver. I cannot state what alloy 800 Silver may be; nickel is a possibility so if you are aware of sensitivity please be advised.
Vintage Silver and enamel souvenir travel shield charms are highly collectable today. Travel shields are typically made from European silver with a grade of 800 to 835, or 925 Sterling Silver. I've been amazed at the variety of different travel shield charm collections I've seen. From my teens, I own a couple of different types of British Zodiac charms with the baked enamel finish. Although they aren't travel-related, I consider the Zodiacs an example of shield charms. There are also collections from different parts of a specific country, or a collection of cities in an area, various national parks, different zoos, and bust/head images of famous people. The best thing about shield charms is there is an abundance of them, both old and new, available in souvenir shops around the world, in antique shops, and on the internet. I recommend starting with a few examples that appeal to you. Above all remember to have fun with your charm collection! If there is a particular shield you are looking for, please do contact me.