Vintage Silver Charms, Nuvo, Chim

 

We regularly have Nuvo, Chim, other vintage charms, estate jewellery and silverware for sale.

 

Vintage Charm Information

 

Nuvo was one of the brand names of the jewellery manufacturer R. Platnauer from Birmingham UK.

The company of R. Platnauer was incorportated in the second decade of the twentieth century from a family business, Platnauer Brothers, which can be traced back around a century earlier and active as a watch case maker amongst other items.

R. Platnauer became a major volume manufacturer of jewellery from their purpose built factory called Nuvo House but by the 1990's nearly all high volume jewellery manufacture had shifted to the far east where manufacturing costs were much lower, and R. Platnauer began to concentrate more on imported goods and corporate giftwear.

 

Nuvo was incorporated as a limited company in 1961 under the directorship of John Platnauer (b.1924) and effectively ceased production at the beginning of the 1980s when the price of silver bullion hit the roof, mainly due to the attempted cornering of the market by Nelson Bunker Hunt. Nuvo was formally dissolved in the 1990's.

 

Nuvo charms can be distinguished by the Nuvo or Nuvo regd logo which is usually on the base but could also be on any other convenient part of the charm. Hallmarked charms by Nuvo will have the sponsor’s mark RP with the Birmingham Assay (where the mark is registered) anchor mark, but a hallmark will normally only be present on the heaviest of silver charms (legal threshold of 7.78 grams) and most gold charms (legal threshold of 1 gram).

 

A British hallmark can only be applied by one of the current four assay offices or their sub offices and must contain the stamp of the assay (for Birmingham it is the anchor), the sponsor or owner's mark, along with the metal purity e.g. 925 for sterling silver. The 925, sterling or silver mark on its own is not a hallmark but an indicative mark which is applied by the manufacturer.

 

Chim was the brand mark of another well known London based maker who ceased trading early in the 1980's. These charms can be distinguished by the name CHIM in capitals impressed on the charm.

 

Welded Bliss took over the production of another quality Birmingham manufacturer in 1989 when they ceased trading. Many of our charms are also original 60s and 70s designs, have been in continuous production, and are at least equal in quality to Nuvo or Chim designs. Charm manufacturers from the 1960s onwards often had very similar designs and it is interesting to compare some of the designs from Nuvo or Chim to those of our own as it can be seen there are often only subtle differences between them. This is not surprising as many of the freelance model makers of the time worked for quite a few different manufacturers and would alter their designs accordingly for each one.

 

All Nuvo and Chim charms date between the 1960’s and the early 1980’s. As designs from the 1960's continued to be made throughout the seventies and into the eighties, it is not possible to be more specific with dates unless an item has a dateable hallmark.

 

The vast majority of charms made from the 1960's onwards are cast from master models by the lost wax process so that multiple identical copies can be produced. The more intricate models are made from two or more parts and joined by soldering riveting and other mechanical fixings. Another common form is the hollow charm made by fusing two stamped parts. Hand made charms are usually older and are relatively common up to the 1950's before the 60's era of charm mania took off.

 

Charms For Sale

 

Photographs may show a coin or ruler for scale purposes. Photographs are enlarged to show detail, they do not represent the actual size of the item. Please refer to the dimensions and weights given on each listing.

 

All the silver charms we sell are British sterling quality (925 purity) unless specifically stated to the contrary.

All vintage pre-owned and estate items are sold as seen with patina intact. They have not been cleaned, polished or repaired unless specifically stated. 

 

If you would like us to either ultrasonically clean, and / or polish an item please let us know when you make the order.

In all cases the static ring will be intact, hinges will be serviceable and catches will work, unless specifically stated to the contrary. Enamelling or painting on vintage charms is usually worn and this will be stated.

 

All charms will be supplied with one jump ring either as photographed or a replacement, plus one complimentary split ring.

Alternatively we can solder a lobster clasp to the charm but bear in mind the soldering process will clean any oxidisation built up on the charm resulting in the charm looking newer. If you would like a lobster clasp fitting please purchase this from our findings section  Lobster trigger catch, Carabiner clip, 11.5 mm  and ask us to solder this to the charm.

 

Condition report categories:

 

Mint: As new, either in original packaging or in unworn condition.

Excellent: Only the lightest use.

Very Good /Good: In good all round condition, obviously used with light surface marks but no impact on detail.

Fair: Heavier wear with more rubbing to exposed areas.

Poor: Very heavy wear and rubbing which impacts on detail.

 

The style of charms may be categorised as follows:

 

Stamping Hollow: Sometimes referred to as 'puffed'. A hollow charm is made by soldering together two stamped or pressed components. They can usually be identified by a seam running around the centre, a pin hole (which allows air to escape when manufacturing), and a lighter weight compared to a similar solid object.

Although most of these charms today are either Italian or from the Far East, there is some good quality British made charms from the 1960's.

Stamping One Part: A lightweight one piece stamping, not three dimensional.

Solid Cast: Basically this means it is not a hollow stamping. The item may be completely solid and it may also have scooped areas or voids depending on the design, but these are visually apparent. For example a bell has a void by design, but it could still be described as a solid item.

Opening Hinged: Made from a minimum of two parts with a hinge. Usually the catch will be at the opposite side to the hinge.

Opening: As above but with no hinge, for example, a box with a lid. This is not a common design for a charm.

Moving Parts: Made from a minimum of two parts where there is free movement between the parts. The parts may be riveted together or joined with links.

Articulated: Although two parts riveted together could be called articulated, I prefer to classify this as a series of segments or pieces which are jointed. A classic example of this is a fish design where several segments of the body are riveted allowing the pieces to move in two directions which creates fairly realistic movement.

Mechanical: This is a type of moving charm where there is a functioning part (or parts) in the design. The most common example of this would be a lever or a winding handle.

Automaton: Movement created by springs and cogs, for example, clocks and animated figures. Extremely rare in charm form.

Enamel: Usually enamel based paints but more rarely, vitreous enamel which is a glass like, fired or kiln baked finish. Modern 'enamel' finishes are usually resin based cured products a.k.a. 'cold enamel'.

Hand Made: Entirely made from components from hand cut, raised or chased pieces of sheet and wire and assembled by soldering or mechanical fixings.

 

    

 

 

 

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Bell Vintage Silver Charm

Bell Vintage Silver Charm

£12.00

Out of stock

Vintage Bell silver charm with clapper. Condition Good Marked Sil. Hand made. Weight 3.9 grams Size 16 x 15 x 9 mm

Caravan Silver Charm

Caravan Silver Charm

£20.00

Nice vintage 1960's caravan, sterling silver. Opening hinged charm Inside are two rooms, kitchen and living room. Condition Very Good Weight 3 grams Size 18 x 8 x 7 mm

Cat in Bin Chim silver charm

Cat in Bin Chim silver charm

£28.00

Out of stock

Chim sterling silver opening bin/trash can, with a cat inside. Style: Opening Condition: Very good Marks: Chim and Silver Weight: 3 grams Size: 13 x 11 mm

Cheese dish sterling silver charm

Cheese dish sterling silver charm

£24.00

Out of stock

Vintage cheese dish charm with opening lid Engraved design. Inside is a mouse eating cheese. Style: Opening parts Condition: Very good Marks: Silver Weight: 3.1 grams Size: 1…

Chim 21 Key Charm

Chim 21 Key Charm

£15.00

Chim 21 Key Silver Charm Condition Good Marks: CHIM Weight 1.2 grams Size 24 x 13 mm

Chim Church Wedding Charm

Chim Church Wedding Charm

£20.00

Out of stock

Chim Norman Type Church Opening to show a vicar with the bride and groom conducting a wedding. Condition Very Good Opening hinged charm with catch Marks: CHIM and Silver Weight 2.7 grams …

Chim Coach Lamp Charm

Chim Coach Lamp Charm

£20.00

Chim Coaching Lamp with 'pearl' inside Silver Charm Condition Good Marks: CHIM and Silver (rubbed) Weight 3.6 grams Size 28 x 9 x 10 mm

Chim Concertina Sterling Silver Charm

Chim Concertina Sterling Silver Charm

£32.00

Out of stock

Chim opening Accordion squeeze box silver charm Inside the charm is a figure of a man playing the accordion Style: Opening Condition: Very good Marks: Chim Weight: 4.9…

Chim Crystal Set Sterling Silver Soda Sypon

Chim Crystal Set Sterling Silver Soda Sypon

£28.00

Chim sterling silver soda syphon charm Cut crystal setting Type; 2 part solid cast / Gem set Condition: Mint Marks: Chim Weight 4.9 grams Size 25 x 12 mm

Chim Filigree Handbag Sterling Silver Charm

Chim Filigree Handbag Sterling Silver Charm

£36.00

Out of stock

Chim large handbag charm, ornate filigree heart design Sterling 925 Silver Opening on hinge could be used to carry a small keepsake, a lock of hair or as a pomander. Would also make a g…

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