A find worthy of a thumbs up

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I made mention previously of a silver find to go alongside the unusual Saxon brooch fragment that day. It turns out to be a similarly unusual find, but from an entirely different age.
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I could make out a pair of legs and, above that, a bare backside, and my immediate thoughts turned to some sort of "gentleman's" fob chain ornament or perhaps a pipe tamper (though the size and composition pretty much ruled that out). But on closer inspection, what I took to be lacing on the rear of a corset turned out to be numbers, and on the front there was some lettering, and it was this which provided a definitive ID.

It says FUMSUP and is a play on "thumbs up". The figure is not a woman at all but actually a small child, and the missing parts of the figure are two arms which end in hands with their thumbs up and the head, which would most likely have been wooden. The whole thing was intended as a good luck charm and though these charms date from late Victorian times they were most popular around the time of WW1 when they were bought and sent to serving troops for good luck. Here's a contemporary advert:
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And this is what a whole, undamaged one looks like:
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Never heard of these things before and I've learned something, which is one of the reasons you just have to love this hobby :thumbsup:
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:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Unusual to say the least. I had to do a double take on the advert. Immediately assumed US. But surprised it's a UK advert
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Wow, saxon cruciform brooch fragments, right up to silver "fumbsup" lucky gonks
There is some age range in them there fields :lol:

Mixed day for sure fella :thumbsup:
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Saki wrote: Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:49 pm :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Unusual to say the least. I had to do a double take on the advert. Immediately assumed US. But surprised it's a UK advert
See what you mean, Saki. While I'm not quite contemporary with the ad, I grew up in a time when adverts in newspapers were nearly all hand-drawn the world over :thumbsup:
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I am very jealous - love that :lol:
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Funny thing is......not so lucky for the person that lost it :lol:

But lucky for the finder finding it, bit of an an irony there..........but not a metaly thingy made of iron....... :lol: :lol:

Regards Steve
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Interesting, but the original is quite spooky! :lol: :thumbsup:
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Steve_JT wrote: Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:16 pm Funny thing is......not so lucky for the person that lost it :lol:

But lucky for the finder finding it, bit of an an irony there..........but not a metaly thingy made of iron....... :lol: :lol:

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OMG Steve, sounds like cabin fever setting in! :rollinglaughing:
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Easylife wrote: Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:51 pm Interesting, but the original is quite spooky! :lol: :thumbsup:
Spooky? The thing is the stuff of nighmares! I saw a display tray with lots of them in and all I can say is the collector must have a strong constitution :D

(And you're right - I think Steve's meds need upping :lol: )
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A definite thumbs up, nice interesting find :thumbsup:
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Interesting and spooky little charm, John.
Just been having a look on the net, see you have the one with the calf side protrusions from the mold.
Amazing what we turn up.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Dave The Slave wrote: Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:06 am Amazing what we turn up.
Ain't it just, Dave? This was in the middle of an area of the field which is rich in Roman and Saxon, and this little fellah pops up out of the blue :D
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