Happy holidays, my approximately ten loyal readers!  (And drop-in visitors too, of course!)

Today’s artifact is a small (about 1″ high) Santa Claus pendant or charm, probably from the 1910s, ’20s or ’30s.  Although he’s sterling silver, he was made in two pieces (front and back) and is hollow inside, so probably he was a relatively inexpensive little charm.  This Santa was found in an archaeological dig on the Beall-Dawson House grounds, and he did not escape his time underground unscathed; he’s a little squashed, and might be missing his bottom half (unless he’s actually meant to be a little jingle bell); but he looks pretty jolly nonetheless.  Did he belong to a Dawson grandchild, or to someone who lived in one of the 1930s houses built nearby?  Was someone distraught when he was lost?  …In the interest of keeping this holiday post brief, I won’t go into all the wonderful speculations that archaeology makes possible – I’ll let you all do your own speculating.  Enjoy!