WW1 Good Luck Charms

WW1 Good Luck Charms

12 September

This month we have two World War I ‘Fumsup’ charms, one in silver and one in 9ct gold, wood and glass. These two figures, modelled as babies, were given to soldiers during the war as a good luck charm. They were made in England in the late 19th and early 20th century. The figures hold both thumbs up and have moveable arms which reach to their head to ‘touch wood’. The words ‘touch wood’ is carved on the back of the wooden head and they also have a shamrock carved into their forehead. These lucky charms have Cupid’s wings on their feet and ’FUMSUP’ (a play on ‘thumbs-up’) written on their chest. The talismans would have been presented in a box, which included the following poem written on a postcard;

Behold in me
The birth of luck
Two charms combined
TOUCHWOOD-FUMSUP
My head is made
Of wood most rare.
My thumbs turn up
To touch me there.
To speed my feet
They’ve Cupid’s wings;
They’ll help true love
‘Mongst other things.
Proverbial is
My power to bring
Good luck to you
In everything.
I’ll bring good luck
To all away-
Just send me to
A friend to-day