Glass necklace worn to prevent bronchitis, Greenwich, London
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Edward Lovett (1852-1933), a researcher and collector of folk traditions, bought these glass-beaded necklaces in London markets. Lovett visited 130 stalls and discovered that the necklaces were worn around the neck from childhood until death in the hope of preventing bronchitis. The beads never left contact with the skin and were sometimes buried with a person. The blue colour of the beads was said to make the necklaces an effective protector. Amulets have been worn for thousands of years to protect the wearer from illness, ill fortune and bad luck. It is shown here with a similar example (A630908). maker: Unknown maker Place made: Greenwich, Greenwich borough, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom