So, a little while back, I posted an overview of my hard to find (HTF) charms collection. In it, I mentioned that I would feature any other HTF charms that I happened to acquire. Consequently, I’ve decided to introduce a new retired showcase feature to the blog – ‘Retired and Hard to Find’ – wherein I showcase the charms that are most sought-after by Pandora collectors. In it, I’ll give tips on where hallmarks should be on retired charms and how rare they exactly are.
The series kicks off with the retired Mouse charm! I’ve wanted the Mouse for a long time, and so I’m thrilled to finally have him. <3 For some reason I’ve just never got around to hunting him down before.
Background on the charm
The Mouse charm was retired a long time ago – he doesn’t appear in Pandora catalogues dating from 2005 onwards. His item number is 790212. This is a shot of the charm listed in a European Pandora catalogue back in 2003 – it’s amazing how different the catalogues looked back then!
Pandora were known initially for doing cute animals, and this charm is no exception. The sweet detailing on his face is, I’m sure, one of the reasons why he remains one of the most sought-after retired charms; his whiskers, nose and ears are simple, but adorable. His eyes have little tear shapes at the bottom of them – kind of like a Cyberman, actually, if anyone gets that reference! ;)
The tail curls up his back, adding a nice bit of detail to the back of the charm, too. My little guy’s been pre-loved, so his ALE markings are quite worn. However, this did mean that I got him at a very reasonable price! He’s extremely difficult to find in new condition. For this charm, the hallmark should be on the back of the head.
The charm itself is pretty small compared to the rest of the charms in Pandora’s collection. Additionally, as his head is heavier than the rest of his body, the charm does spend most of its time upside down.
Also, while the Mouse is adorably cute, there is a lack of detail in his bottom half that does make Pandora’s decision to retire him understandable – he’s a slightly odd shape, with no paws. He doesn’t match the same level of detail that their charm collection boasts today – one of my favourite things about Pandora’s animal charms are the little paw prints on their feet, or the detail of their feathers. That’s not really present in this charm.
While the Mouse doesn’t really fit with Pandora’s current style any longer, it has enough lovely detailing to make him a collector’s piece. Additionally, the fact that he’s been retired for so long makes him extra special!
Do you have this charm? Or are you looking for it? What’s on your retired wish list?