2993 – Charm: Souvenir

Physical description:
A bronze or bronze-effect flat metal charm, with a pentacle in the middle and the words Hap Da at the top, with its original explanatory backing card. Sold by William Henry Paynter at his Cornish Museum at East Looe.
Museum classification:
Spells and Charms
35 x 25 x 2
The charm is basically disc-shaped, with an additional scroll below, which reads "ONEN HAG OLL", the Cornish motto, which translates as "One and All". The words "HAP DA", also Cornish, and which roughly translate as "Good Luck" are at the top of the disc. In the centre is a shield with a pentacle on it. There are other symbols of Cornish identity around the edge: a mining scene including an engine house, a Celtic stone cross, a pilchard, a chough and a symbol that is rather difficult to make out but may be a quoit (prehistoric stone tomb). There is an integral ring at the top of the charm so that it can be worn on a cord. The back of the charm is blank. The accompanying backing card (to which the charm was originally attached in a small plastic bag), reads, "A Piece of Cornish History. No 7. THE HAPDA. This charm, with signs of the Druids' preachings, is said to have special powers. The bards who were in charge and led people to believe in the powers of sun gods, still meet on the moors and carry on their ritual praying when the sun reaches a certain height and shines through on to a sacrificial stone." In spite of these claims it seems likely that this charm was in fact devised by William Henry Paynter himself for sale at his museum in East Looe, which he opened in 1959. The card has water damage from the 2004 flood.