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Figural Satinspar Barrel Charm with Niagara Stanhope Viewer
Niagara Falls Figural Stanhope Barrel Charm

Figural Satinspar Barrel Charm with Niagara Stanhope Viewer

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Part Number:ANT-141229-09

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This miniature figural barrel stanhope charm is wrapped with a 14k gold wire terminated at a the bail by a gold cup. The stanhope charm is made of satin spar, also known as fiber optic stone. This barrel charm pendant measures 5/8" long, 3/4" wide with the rings included and weighs 3.9 grams. This one is in nice condition but shows signs of having been worn and cherished. The stanhope view in the end of the barrel shows four views of Niagara Falls. Its is titled SOUVENIR FROM NIAGARA FALLS in the center and is marked MADE IN FRANCE along the right side. The individual views are separately titled:

     HORSE SHOE FALL RIDGE FROM GOAT ISLAND
     ROCK AGES
     NIAGARA FALLS FROM NEW SUSPENSION BRIDGE
     WHIRLPOOL RAPIDS

The stanhope photo is slightly compromised and certainly the not finest example as it shows some crackling.

Satin Spar Facts:
Satin spar is a type of feldspar that is closely related to selenite and gypsum and was once mined in the Niagara falls area. It was said to be gathered by the native Indians and traded for goods are far south as Mexico. It was valued as a stone with healing capabilities. In the late 1880s this collected mineral was starting to be used to make stanhope souvenirs for tourist of the Niagara Falls Region. This stone material is also called Niagara Stone or "fiber optic stone". This type of souvenir was sold in many tourist spots in the form of brooches, watch fobs, stick pins, hat pins, pendants and other items mostly in the shape of a barrel, but with some exceptions.

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