This week's Featured Web Page is suggested by Kay O. Freeman. Given Russ Sears' earlier discussions of the Judge Gorter medal and J. Jenkins Sons, she sent this link to a page from the site of another Baltimore area firm, the Steiff silver company. The page describes the company's Lucky Piece tokens and other souvenirs.
When Stieff opened the new factory at 800 Wyman Park Driveway in Hamden, many people wanted to come and tour the building. Stieff was happy to give tours and give a small gift to the visitors.
In the beginning people received a large Sterling Silver “Lucky Piece” the size of Fifty Cent coin. Later these tokens were reduced in size to that of a quarter sized coin.
When the factory opened in 1925, Sterling Silver “Lucky Pieces” were given out to people that toured the new building.