Someone Else’s Story
Charm bracelets often tell a story and represent different events and interests in a person’s life. I’ve come across a few vintage charm bracelets in antique or jewelry stores that I just couldn’t pass up. It just hurts my heart a little bit when I see “orphan” charm bracelets or even “orphan” photos (see my 2003 artist statement). Who did this bracelet belong to? Was someone looking for it somewhere?
The bracelet shown below was put together by someone I never met, each charm was picked out for a reason I’ll never know (a trip, a hobby, an event?), and for some reason they had to part with it (money, death, a relative who didn’t value it as much?). I love this bracelet because it spans many decades. It has very vintage charms on it from the 1940’s and 30’s, lots of detailed moveable charms, and more modern ones including buildings and mementos.
Here are some closeups of some of my favorite charms on this bracelet:
1930/1940 Vintage Charms
Sewing machine, manual movie camera, spinning wheel
A great little lantern with red glass
Amazing little camera with leather around the outside (keep in mind this is the size of a fingernail!)
How cute is the ice cream cart? It opens to show 2 colors of ice cream (although I’ve never seen dark green and dark red ice cream before!)
Piano man that moves back and forth along the keys, typewriter with a roller that moves back and forth on a spring, rotary phone with moving dial
Was the previous bracelet owner a twin or have twins?
Can you guess what the above charm is?
Leave me a comment with your guess!
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The winner gets the cute little charms shown below!
airstream trailer, high heeled shoe, cowboy hat
My guess is that it is an ice pick – for grabbing and moving big blocks of ice
Your cool friend Cheryl says
I think it’s a dental tool-for pulling teeth.
Ice tongs to put ice in a cocktail from the ice bucket…
OK, I think they are ice block tongs and my husband thinks they are the tool that measures body fat…I told him it was a “vintage” charm and that back then no one really worried about measuring their body fat…because they had so many time consuming things to do-like erase the mistakes they made while using their typewriter!!!
Elle's Mom says
Haha. Laughing at Nikki’s post 🙂 They look just like that tool that measures body fat!
I’m about 5 minutes late, but that’s okay…because I think Cherie is right. I think it is an ice pick too – from when people had ice boxes and had big blocks of ice delivered each few days to keep them cold. That was my Grandpa’s first job as a teenager in Illinois in the 20’s.
Andrea and Casey says
I just saw your post about "catch all" charm bracelet. Good idea! I think that one of the buildings on this charm bracelet is of the Salt Lake Latter Day Saint Temple.
Check out this link if you want to see:
Wow, long link sorry
Lil Miss Red T-Shirt says
I’m a new-found addict to vintage charm bracelets. Gee, thanks. 😀