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Vintage Silver Enamel Souvenir Travel Shield Bracelet Charm spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Location: FIRENZE, (FLORENCE) TUSCANY, ITALY Scene:Â FLORENCE Duomo Giotto Bell Tower Campanile Description: Vintage Silver Enamel Souvenir Travel Bracelet Shield Charm Measurements: Height: 5/8 inch Width: 1â„2 inch Depth: 1/8 inch Weight: 1.0 grams Condition: Beautiful detail and in excellent condition for its age! Shipping: I'd be happy to combine shipping if you win more than one charm! spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Â About Shield Charms: History These sterling silver enamelled travel shield charms were popular with European, British and American travelers in the 1940's, 1950's 1960's, 1970's, and are highly collectible items today. The colorful vintage / retro look is very appealing to collectors and are quite the conversation piece. Some have a vintage patina and some look like they are brand new even if they are over 50 or 60 years old. They are wearable postcards and miniature works of art. Women documented their travels by collecting a souvenir shield charm depicting the town or country coat of arms crest, a scenic picture of the area, castles, a famous landmark (Eiffel Tower), building (White House), person from history (Mozart) or an event (Olympics). These charms were often given to women as gifts from their men who were traveling abroad. View from the tower. The lower levels with the hexagonal panels, lozenges and statues. Lozenges of north side. Relief on the Campanile depicting the art of pottery. FLORENCE Duomo Giotto Campanile Florence (Italian: Firenze) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, Italy, and of the province of Florence. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Florence lies on the Arno River and has a population of around 500,000 people, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000 persons (about 1,000,000 with the important near city Prato). A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture. The city has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. The "Historic Centre of Florence" was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982. Giottoâs bell tower (campanile) stands on the Cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo) in Florence, Italy. This bell tower is one of the showpieces of the Florentine gothic style. Standing isolated next to the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and in front of the Baptistery of St. John, this splendid construction attracts the eye and the admiration of every art lover by its design, rich sculptural decorations and the many-coloured marble encrustations. This slender structure stands on a square plan with a side of 14.45 meters (47.41 ft). It attains a height of 84.7 meters (277.9 ft) sustained by four polygonal buttresses at the corners.[1] These four vertical lines are crossed by four horizontal lines, dividing the tower in five levels. History On the death in 1302 of Arnolfo di Cambio, the first Master of the Works of the Cathedral, and after an interruption of more than thirty years, the celebrated painter Giotto di Bondone was nominated as his successor in 1334.[1] At that time he was 67 years old. Giotto concentrated his energy on the design and construction of a campanile (bell tower) for the cathedral. He had become an eminent architect, thanks to the growing autonomy of the architect-designer in relation to the craftsmen since the first half of the 13th century. The first stone was laid on 19 July 1334.[2] His design was in harmony with the polychromy of the cathedral, as applied by Arnolfo di Cambio, giving the tower a view as if it were âœpaintedâ. In his design he also applied chiaroscuro and some form of perspective instead of a strict linear drawing of the campanile. And instead of a filigree skeleton of a gothic building, he applied a surface of coloured marble in geometric patterns. When he died in 1337, he had only finished the lower floor with its marble external revetment: geometric patterns of white marble from Carrara, green marble from Prato and red marble from Siena. This lower floor is decorated on three sides with bas-reliefs in hexagonal panels, seven on each side. When the entrance door was enlarged in 1348, two panels were moved to the empty northern side and only much later, five more panels were commissioned from Luca della Robbia in 1437. The number âœsevenâ has a special meaning in Biblical sense: it symbolizes human perfectibility. It is difficult to attribute artistic paternity to these panels, some may be by Giotto himself, the others by Andrea Pisano (or their workshops). The lower levels with the hexagonal panels, lozenges and statues. The lower levels with the hexagonal panels, lozenges and statues. Through this work, Giotto has become, together with Brunelleschi (dome of the cathedral of Florence) and Alberti (with his treatise De re aedificatoria, 1450), one of the founding fathers of Italian Renaissance architecture. Giotto was succeeded as Master of the Works in 1343 by Andrea Pisano[1], famous already for the South Doors of the Baptistery. He continued the construction of the bell tower, scrupulously following Giottoâs design. He added, above the lower level of Giotto, a second fascia, this time decorated with lozenge-shaped panels (1347â“1341). He built two more levels, with four niches on each side and each level, but the second row of niches are empty. Construction came to a halt in 1348, year of the disastrous Black Death. Pisano was replaced in his turn by Francesco Talenti who built the top three levels, with the large windows, completing the bell tower in 1359.[1] He did not build the spire designed by Giotto, thus lowering the designed height of 122 meters (400 ft) to 84.7 meters (277.9 ft) The top, with its breathtaking panorama of Florence and the surrounding hills, can be reached by climbing 414 steps. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" eCharmony Vintage Enamel Travel Shield Charms Visit My eBay Store: echarmony Italy Vintage Silver Enamel Souvenir Travel Shield Charms Bari, Italy - Coat of Arms Bari, Italy - Ship Bologna, Italy - Coat of Arms Bologna, Italy - Two Medieval Towers Catania, Italy - Coat of Arms Catania, Sicily, Italy - Piazza Duomo Firenze, Italy - Campanile di Giotto Firenze, Italy - Duomo Campanile Giotto Firenze, Italy - Florentine Lily Firenze, Italy - Palazzo Vechio Firenze, Italy - Palazzo Vechio Firenze, Italy - Ponte Vecchio Genova, Italy - Coat of Arms Genova, Italy - La Lanterna Lighthouse Genova, Italy - Piazzo di Ferrari Fountain Gerona, Catalonia, Spain - Messina, Italy - Coat of Arms Messina, Italy - Port Protectress Milano Marittima, Italy Milano, Italy - Coat of Arms Milano, Italy - Coat of Arms Milano, Italy - Downtown Milano, Italy - Duomo Milano, Italy - Duomo Napoli, Italy - Naples Bay Vesuvius Palermo, Italy - Coat of Arms Roma, Italy - 1960 Olympics Roma, Italy - 1960 Olympics Roma, Italy - 1960 Olympics Roma, Italy - 1960 Olympics Roma, Italy - Colosseum Roma, Italy - Forum Arch of Constantine Roma, Italy - Forum Arch of Constantine Roma, Italy - San Pietro Roma, Italy - She Wolf, Remus Romulus Roma, Italy - She Wolf, Remus Romulus Roma, Italy - SPQR (Motto of Rome) Roma, Italy - Trevi Fountain Roma, Italy - Trinita dei Monti Spanish Steps Sorrento, Italy - Coat of Arms Torino, Italy - Basilica of Superga Torino, Italy - Coat of Arms Torino, Italy - Mole Antonelliana Torino, Italy - Mole Antonelliana Torino, Italy - Valentino Castle Trieste, Italy - Trieste, Italy - Coat of Arms Trieste, Italy - The Castle of Miramare. 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See my other listings or Visit my eBay Store. eMail your Wish List spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Shield Charm Collectors Guide Types of Travel Shield Charms spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Engliand or UK Charms English charms usually have baked in enamel and have an ornate sterling silver scroll pattern around the edges. The place name appears in the rounded curve on the bottom in raised silver. Primarily crests of England, Scotland, Wales locations. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Austria Shield Charms Many Austrian shield charms have a slightly different shape than the typical shields. A curve on the top. A lot of these Austrian shield charms have a gorgeous embossed Austria Crest (ï¿sterreich Wappen) on the backs. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Building or Landmark Charm Important or famous buildings: castles, churches, universities, bridges, cathedrals museums are depicted on these scenic travel shield charms. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Notable Pers (description exceeds maximum possible length)
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