"EW/WE" Love Token Pendant with Enamel, Silver and Pave Diamond Halo
EW/ WE Enameled 1873 Love Token Seated Liberty Quarter, set in Sterling Silver and Pave Diamond Halo! 0.46 ct total in a sterling silver halo frame on a 16" Chain. Enamel is in original pristine condition, absolutely breathtaking! These necklaces are a piece of history, totally unique and timeless!
The Love Token is a coin that has been smoothed flat on one or both sides and then hand engraved. Engravings are most commonly initials of the giver. Names and dates were also popular and perhaps most special and scarcer were sayings and pictures. Some love tokens were embellished even further with stones, enamel, added raised metal, or cutout designs within the coin. These coins were made as keepsakes and mementos from the giver to the recipient. The giver, important date, place, or event was intended to be remembered through the love token; a commissioned testimony and executed one of a kind special engraving.
Love tokens were a popular phenomenon in the 1800s, when coins were made with pure metals, and reached their height of popularity in the United States and Great Britain in the late 1800s, at a time when the populations of both countries were eager to embrace sentimentality.