Sterling silver Billiken good luck charm, William Vale & Son 1908
Sterling silver Billiken lucky charm.
Silver hallmarks for Birmingham 1908, makers mark for William Vale & Son
The Billiken was first created by American art teacher and illustrator Florence Pretz. It is said that she saw the mysterious figure in a dream. In 1908, she obtained a design patent for the Billiken. To buy a billiken was said to have given the purchaser luck, but to have one given would be better luck. The Billiken is considered the God of Happiness, the God of Luck, The God Of Things As They Ought To Be.
This example dates to the very first production of these curios, and is one of 2 variations, this one with his hands on his belly and name on soles of feet
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