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VERONA ITALY - JULIET'S TOMB Enamel Travel Shield Charm

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Vintage Silver Enamel Souvenir Travel Shield Bracelet Charm spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Location: VERONA, ITALY Scene: Verona, Italy - Juliet's Tomb Description: Vintage Silver Enamel Souvenir Travel Bracelet Shield Charm Measurements: Height: 5/8 inch Width: 1?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"  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. Verona, Italy - Juliet's Tomb Verona is a city and provincial capital in Veneto, Northern Italy. The ancient town and the center of the modern city are in a loop of the Adige River near Lake Garda. Because of this position, the areas saw regular floodings until 1956, when the Mori-Torbole tunnel was constructed, providing 500 cubic meters of discharge from the Adige river to Lake Garda when there was danger of flooding. The tunnel reduced the risk of flooding from once every seventy years to once every two centuries. Juliet's Tomb The tragic story of Romeo and Juliet is a legend, nobody can tell if the two unlucky lovers of Verona ever lived. Nevertheless, like in every legend, there are many elements of the story that have link to real places and historical facts. For example the bloody struggle between Guelfs and Ghibellins, the two factions that fought for power in the middle age. The Montecchi family (Montague in the English version) really existed in Verona, and lived in that sort of middle age fortress which is now considered Rome's house. Dante, who was in Verona at the time in which the events are fought to have happened, in the Purgatorio, wrote a short and mysterious verse about the two families. Shakespeare wasn't the first to write about the sad story, he based his tragedy on some italian versions (by Luigi da Porto and Matteo Bandello) quite popular in Italy and Europe at that time and that were probably based on some kind of oral tradition. In various versions, there are references to historical facts and characters, places and buildings so that through the centuries, tradition has identified some city buildings with the places where the story took place: Juliet's house (with the family crest), Romeo's house, the 13th century gate through which Romeo left Verona in exile, Juliet's tomb, in the only existing monastery outside city walls at that time. All these places can be visited, and on many of them are attached plates or inscriptions, remembering the tragic event. The Shakespearian places in Verona can be visited with a special tour following all the historical references to the story. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" eCharmony Vintage Enamel Travel Shield Charms Visit My 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. Trieste, Italy - The Castle of Miramare. Turin, Italy - Torino the Bull Venezia, Italy - Campanile di San Marco Venezia, Italy - Grand Canal Venezia, Italy - Grand Canal Gondola Venezia, Italy - Grand Canal Gondola Venezia, Italy - Rialto Bridge Venice, Italy - St. Mark's Lion Venice, Italy - St. Mark's Lion Venice, Italy - St. Mark's Lion Venice, Italy - St. Mark's Square Venice, Italy - St. Mark's Square Verona, Italy - Verona, Italy - Verona, Italy - Castelvecchio Bridge Verona, Italy - Church of Santa Anastasia and Bell Tower from San Pietro Castle Verona, Italy - Coat of Arms Verona, Italy - Coat of Arms Verona, Italy - Della Ragione Staircase Verona, Italy - Della Scala Tombs Verona, Italy - Juliet's Balcony Verona, Italy - Juliet's Balcony at Villa Capuleti Verona, Italy - Juliets Tomb Verona, Italy - Piazza delle Erbe Verona, Italy - Piazza delle Erbe Verona, Italy - Roman Arena Verona, Italy - Roman Arena Verona, Italy - Romeo Juliet Vicenza, Italy - Coat of Arms spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Want more charms? See my other listings or Visit my 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 (Österreich 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 Person Travel Shield Charms Notable people from history are depicted on these shield charms. Favorites in my collection include Napoleon, Shakespeare, The Pope, and John F. Kennedy. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Event Shield Charms Event shield charms commemorate important events and occasions such as the Olympics, World Fairs, innagurations, The Queens Jubilee, etc. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Charms in Unique Shapes Some of the older vintage shield charms were made in different shapes and sizes than the typical shield charm. I love to find these little treasures. (See Koln top left) spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Ornate Reverse Side I especially like to find the rare charm with an ornate stamping on the back. Some charms were made two sided with a crest, flag or coat of arms on the back and a scene on the front. I wish they were all made two-sided. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Unique Charm Shapes These types of enamel charms are great additions to your shield charm bracelet. These charms are about the same size, contain enamel and are also of the travel theme. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1" Silver or Metal Enamel These lovely cloisonne type charms have enamel baked around the silver or metal trim of the design. Some were created using silver, others were made from base metals such as copper and brass. spacer type="block" height="1" width="1"

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