Hot Air Balloon Necklace Token
Hot Air Balloon Necklace Token
Hot Air Balloon Necklace Token
Hot Air Balloon Necklace Token
Hot Air Balloon Necklace Token
Hot Air Balloon Necklace Token
Hot Air Balloon Necklace Token

Hot Air Balloon Token Necklace

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A rare assemblage indeed, of antiquities dating back as far as 1823, prior to the reign of Queen Victoria, Fairy-Godmother of the Steampunk Movement.

This antique assemblage features a rare token commemorating wealthy Ironmonger - Issac Earlysman Sparrow. With a thriving business at Bishopsgate, London, he was also fascinated with the development of dirigibles and hot air balloons. In pursuit of his interest he paid Charles Green a famous balloonist of the time, the princely sum of 50 shillings sterling to accompany him on a flight. The flight which took place in 1823 was not uneventful, but thankfully did not result in any catastrophe either. Mr Sparrow went on to issue a 22mm sized memento of his daring endeavours and one of these now rare farthings is featured in this necklace. The token shows a hot air balloon with the words Ironmonger Bishopsgate London and the obverse of the token bears his capped bust in true style of a Captain and his name Isaac Earlysman Sparrow.

It seems fitting that this assemblage features other technologies of that century - a tiny cabinet key and miniature light bulb. The bulb is wire wrapped and then coated it in soft silver-solder and treated to a red copper patina.

These rarities have been assembled in the style of a chatelaine and hang from 3 fine red copper fine chains connected to a central loop and corrugated copper bead. The pendant itself is 9 cm long and the coin is 2.2 cm wide. It is available in your choice of lengths, making it an ideal unisex accessory to any steampunk outfit.

For a handy guide to choosing the right necklace length for you, please visit:

https://thecreakingdoor.com/pages/useful-guide-to-necklace-lengths

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Delivered in a rustic hand-stamped recycled paper gift box wrapped and tied with twine, so you don't need to re-wrap your item if it is a present. I can also add a FREE hand-written gift card with your special message to the recipient. Please convo me or include your words of wisdom in the message section at checkout.

SHIPPING COST INCLUDED TO UK ADDRESSES using a "track and sign for" service, to ensure your order arrives safely and in good time. All international orders are also shipped "track and sign for" at a small additional cost.

The Creaking Door products are Made In England and always nickel and lead free. None of the bad stuff round here, just general all round loveliness!

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Materials: Glass, Copper.