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antique advertising tokens and crystal drop earrings "Bread & Honey" assemblage

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These light-as-aluminum earrings--well, because they are aluminum--combine two sets of old advertising tokens with antique molded crystals. They promise free bread (Bon Pour 1 Pain, "good for one bread") and a cure for coughs. The bread tokens are from Maurice Gaumond, a baker, or "boulanger" from St-Félicien, Québec. The bells claim that Dr. Bell's pine-tar honey cures coughs. The crystals, accented with tiny cut steel beads, have an aurora irridescence.

From the top of the bread token to the bottom of the crystal, the earrings measure 2.75 inches (7 cm).

COMPONENTS
--1900s aluminum Dr. Bell's Pine Tar Honey advertising cough-syrup tokens
--1930s Québécois aluminum advertising bakery tokens
--antique pressed/molded crystals
--antique cut steel beads
--hand-formed hypoallergenic Niobium ear wires

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Bread and honey, Cockney rhyming slang for "money."

http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/cockney_rhyming_slang

SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE --18th-century nursery rhyme

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing.
Wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money.
The queen was in the parlor,
Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird
And nipped off her nose.

There was such commotion,
that little Jenny wren
Flew down into the garden
and put it back again.

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and here's a funny blog post about the original meanings behind a few popular nursery rhymes:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/matthew-archbold/the-horrible-meanings-behind-nursery-rhymes

antique advertising tokens and crystal drop earrings "Bread & Honey" assemblage


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: aluminum, crystal, cut steel, niobium
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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