This is a B&K vintage souvenir charm for the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The charm is the round scallop-edged disc shape, one of the several distinctive shapes that make the Bates & Klinke charms so easy to recognize. Bates & Klinke made the most wonderful souvenir charms for national parks and other tourist attractions all over the country. They're among my favorite charms!
About the Bunker Hill Monument, the grounds of the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War, from the National Park Service website:
" 'Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!' - This legendary order has come to symbolize the conviction and determination of the New England soldiers who faced a powerful British attack at this site on June 17, 1775. Popularly known as "The Battle of Bunker Hill," bloody fighting took place throughout a hilly landscape of fenced pastures that were across the Charles River from Boston. Today the Bunker Hill Monument stands atop a prominence of the battlefield now known as Breed's Hill. This 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site where colonial forces constructed an earthen fort, or "Redoubt," prior to the battle. This Redoubt became the focal point of the British assaults during the battle, and remains the focal point of the battle's memory."
The charm is marked sterling on the back with the Bates & Klinke maker's mark. In very good vintage condition with a lovely patina, and a super-crisp design.
Approximately 5/8" across.
This listing is for a single charm, but the last photo includes a variety of the shapes in which B&K charms were made, displayed around a dime for scale.
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