Louisiana State Seal CharmRegular price $36.00
Please help us help rebuild southern Louisiana after Hurricane Ida!
We're donating half the sales from this charm to the St. Bernard Project to provide immediate relief in the hardest-hit parishes in southern Louisiana.
This charm features a rare and collectible vintage silver Louisiana state seal button featuring a heraldic image called Pelican in her Piety. It depicts a mother pelican wounding her breast to feed her three chicks.
We bought the Louisiana state seal buttons three decades ago when we bought the remaining stock from a Baltimore-based uniform button factory that closed its doors in the 1960s. Our tradition is to sell them to raise relief funds when natural disasters hit our home state.
Pelican in Piety adorns the Louisana state flag and, like the state, has hundreds of years of history. Ancient Europeans erroneously believed that, when required, pelicans would wound themselves to feed their young. As a result, the bird emerged as a Christian symbol of self-sacrifice and charity.
We think it's the perfect sentiment for this challenging time.
This pretty vintage charm sits in a custom Fleur De Lis setting manufactured here in Louisiana just for us.
In this piece:
- A silver-plated brass uniform button featuring Louisiana state seal, made in Baltimore, circa 1950
- Setting with a fleur-de-lys, cast today in Louisiana in antique dies
- Charm can be worn with a chain or attached to a bracelet
We are short on the settings we need to turn these lovely buttons into charms. Our caster is a Louisiana resident who is dealing with the aftermath of Ida, so your charm will ship 4 to 6 weeks after your order.
The donations to Ida relief will be sent as soon as you place your order!
The St. Bernard Project was founded in 2006 to address the unbearably slow rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina. It has since become a nationwide leader in disaster recovery, rebuilding 2,800 family homes with the help of 150,000 volunteers in 14 communities. Their founder, Liz McCartney, was named CNN Hero of the Year in 2008.
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