CHILD'S MUG, SILVERPLATE
QUEEN CITY SILVER, CINCINNATI
Height 2 inches, 2-3/3 inches diameter.
"Billiken". Embossed with five figures of a seated elf like figure. Inscribed "I am the Prince of happiness: I am the cause of luckiness: I am the source of better things: My name is Billiken."
Some dents to footrim and wear to the silver plate.
The Billiken figure, a good luck charm, was created by Florenze Pretz, Kansas City MO. in 1908. The craze spread through the country. Motorists believed a Billiken amulet would protect them from harm. A New York musical had a song "The Billiken Man".
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