“AREN’T THESE CHARMS, SPOONS, & BELLS SOUVENIR BUILDINGS, TOO?” asked Bob Kneisel in the Spring 2003 edition of The Souvenir Building Collector. He wrote:
“To many souvenir building collectors, charms in the shape of buildings are not, well … very charming. So size does matter! Many collectors draw the line at miniatures smaller than an inch or so high, and casually dismiss charms as nano-buildings (an aside here – in 2003 not many of us had yet included ‘nano’ in our vocabulary). But many other collectors accept (dare we say “seek”) these most miniature of buildings.
Here are a few reasons why:
Charms can have great detail
Charms are the only 3D versions of many buildings
Some charms are big, for their size
Charms are cheap
Charms don’t take up much room
Charms may be the only building you find at a swap meet …..”
Bob’s article went on to describe charms singularly and those that have been placed on the handle end of spoons or those that serve as handles on bells.