HOW many of us have bought a little memento of a day out or holiday? It seems that every tourist attraction has a little shop selling branded souvenirs but this is nothing new and our entrepreneurial forefathers certainly knew the value of the tourist trade.
This brooch decorated with an engraving of Dudley Castle belongs to Robert Hickman of Halesowen, who found it at an antiques fair.
Made of silver and hallmarked in 1896 it shows that the Victorians liked their holiday souvenirs as much as we do.
Back then castle ruins were a tourist attraction, just as they are today. Uninhabited since the great fire of 1750 that destroyed much of the buildings, the castle and the grounds were open to the public and, of course, there were booths selling souvenirs like this brooch.
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