Johannes Vermeer - Woman Holding a Balance
… It consists of hinged gold pipes (about 1/8” in diameter) with a spring-blade clasp and safety chain. The inside circumference is 7”. From the wrist band and chain hang twelve gold charms. But they are not just charms. Each is a gold coin: one British gold sovereign (c. 7/8” dia.); four British gold half-sovereigns (c. 3/4” dia.); four U.S. five-dollar gold coins (c. 3/4” dia.); and three U.S. $2½ gold coins (c. 1/2” dia.). The oldest coins are an 1873 $5 gold piece and an 1873 half-sovereign; the newest is the sovereign which was first issued in this style in 1887. As charms, they date from 1885 to 1892.
The earliest charm (the 1873 gold coin) was presented to Annie in 1885 by the U.S. Cartridge Company. The others are from friends and family (e.g. Ed and Emily), Wild West companions (e.g. “C. G.”, possibly George Crager, Sioux interpreter), from competitive shooters (“Doc” Carver; New Jersey sportsmen Morford, Baldwin, Brockton, and Steele), from admirers (e.g., Henri Journu, Secretary General of France in 1892; and “Miss Mary Blaine”), from Frank, naturally, from Nate Salsbury, and from W. F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody with his initials engraved in imitation of his familiar script, “WFC.”…
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