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Victorian Sea Bean "Touch Wood" Pendant

Victorian Sea Bean "Touch Wood" Pendant



DATE: Victorian, c.1900 

Lucky beans were popular throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras, allegedly inspired by the "sea beans" that would occasionally wash up on European beaches after travelling on Ocean currents from far more exotic lands. The fact they could still germinate after (potentially) many years at sea suggested that they must be infused with powerful good luck.

As for this little sea bean, it looks most like a Merremia discoidesperma bean. It grows in just a few areas of tropical America, particularly forests of Guatemala. This bean holds the record for the longest recorded drift: 15,000 miles. It's topped with a gold claw mount with jump ring, so you can add it to your chain and "touch wood". Dates from the Victorian period, circa 1900. 


 2.7 x 1.6cm




 No marks present, tests as 9k gold 


 Very good, light wear commensurate with age 


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