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We love jewellery that's functional as well as wearable - although this vintage 'In case of emergency' charm wouldn't be much use today as it holds an old British 10 shilling note that's no longer in circulation (also known as the 10 bob note!). But we love that it was once a useful piece!


This vintage gold charm holds a folded up old British 10 shilling note that was in circulation between 1928 and 1969, the smallest donmination note ever issued by the Bank of England - a wearable piece of history! The charm has a lovely engraved message on one side 'IN EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS'. 


The outer casing is made of 9ct yellow gold with British hallmarks for 'GC', 9ct gold, Birmingha and the date letter 'V' for 1970. 


The charm weighs approx 2.35g and measures approx 11.5mm tall (not including the ring at the top or the jump ring) by approx 14.6mm wide by approx 8.4mm deep.


Condition - The charm is in good vintage condition but does show signs of age and wear including surface wear to the gold. The jump ring is currently pushed closed. Please see photos.


*Please note the antique box and chain pictured are not included in the sale but the charm will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch*






Vintage 1970 9ct gold and old British Ten Shilling note charm

  • All items are carefully wrapped and packaged in a gift pouch. In the UK, we always post items via Royal Mail's Special Delivery service which is fully tracked and insured. Items sent outside of the UK are sent via Royal Mail's International signed for service, which offers insurance for up to £250 and tracking.

What people say

“I LOVE shopping with Kate Gold Jewellery - unusual and delightful charms, fair prices and EXCEPTIONAL service. Each package comes delightfully packaged along with a handwritten note. What's not to love?”

Susan, USA

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