Vintage Pearl 'Caviar Tin' Charm
Delectable seed pearls represent caviar in an old-style roll-top tin can. Something of an unusual vintage charm, modelled in sterling silver with London hallmarks from 1980. Strictly for those with a taste for the finer things. Presumably.
The first generation of tin cans were so thick that they had to be hammered open. Useful for long-term storage of perishable food, without the use of loads of salt, but presumably extremely annoying once you needed to access the contents. 1858 saw the invention of the first patented can opener (E. Warner of Connecticut), and in 1866 one J. Osterhoudt patented the can with key opener. Although there have been countless improvements to the can opener since the mid 19th century, including, quite remarkably, an electric version first sold in 1931, Osterhoudt's key opener remains in use to this day.
Era: Vintage, 1980
Size: 1.6cm by 1.9cm
Stones: Seed pearls
Hallmarks: English, London, sterling silver, 1980
Condition: Great antique condition
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