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Postcard of Charmstone.
© National Museums Scotland


This fragment of greenish coloured stone was used a charm or amulet.

The stone is set in silver with a loop for suspension and has the letters 'IKM' on the back, probably the initials of a former owner. It may have been mounted for dipping in water which would then be drunk for curative or protective purposes by animals or people.

It was given to the Museum in 1851 by Mrs Maclaurin

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Online ID: 000-100-103-767-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NO 14
Date: 17th - 18th century
17th or 18th century
Material: Stone, greenish; silver. Inscription: Back: IKM
Subject: Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Who: Mrs Maclaurin
Description: Triangular fragment of greenish coloured stone set in silver with the initials "IKM" on the back and used a charm, 17th or 18th century
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