Lucky You: Antique Billiken Silver Charm
An early 20th century fad, the original Billiken figure was created by Florence Pretz, an art teacher from Kansas City, Missouri. She “christened” him “The-God-Of-Things-As-They-Ought-To-Be” and it became the first patented god in the United States. The image was sold to the Craftsman’s Guild of Chicago and the figure became an international phenomenon.
Somewhat Buddha-like in conformation, this English made charm is sterling silver and has BILLIKEN impressed on the front. The right side of the pedestal has a full set of English hallmarks. On the underside within a circle is the revered saying “The-God-Of-Things-As-They-Ought-To-Be”.
Please see pages 98, 101 and 104 of Warman’s Jewelry Identification and Price Guide 3rd edition edited by Christie Romero for additional information.
Measurements: 1 inch (2.4 cm) in length including bale by 1/2 an inch (1.3 cm) in width. Weight of 2.1 grams (1.4 dwt).
Hallmarks: Full set of English hallmarks for sterling silver London and date letter for 1904. Maker's mark of WV&S.
Condition: Very good; light overall wear.
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