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WWI Era Touch Wud Charm Necklace


The superstitious expression “touch wood” or “knock wood” is used in situations where a perceived jinx or misfortune is in the offing. The phrase is thought to have originated in the 16th century when Catholic clergy sold believers wood fragments they claimed to be pieces of the “true cross” with the talismanic power to ward off bad luck. Many centuries later, this “Touch Wud” charm was designed by a Londoner named Henry Brandon. These goofy, rare silver-limbed little men feature a round wooden body with a smiling face and the words “touch wud” carved along the back side.


  • Materials

    wood, coin silver, rhinestones, new sterling silver chain

  • Age

    c. 1915

  • Condition

    Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    1" x 3/4", 18" chain

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