THE WORD MASCOT IS DERIVED FROM THE PROVENCAL AND APPEARED IN FRENCH DICTIONARIES AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
“It caught on following the triumphant performance of Mrs Grizier-Montbazon in an operetta called La Mascotte, set to music by Edmond Audran in 1880. The singer?s success prompted jewellers to produce a bracelet charm representing the artist in the costume pertaining to her role. The jewel was an immediate success. The mascot, which, in its Provencal form, was thought to bring good or bad luck, thus joined the category of lucky charms”.