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17/11/2007


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keepsakes ...

Perhaps the most accessible keepsakes that could be purchased in the mid to late 19th century were pieces of inexpensive jewellery of sentiment. More often made of non-precious stones and materials, such as alluminium, steel, jet and it substitutes bog oak and guttapercha, some of which were love tokens, some memorial pieces and some given in friendship. When enhanced with semi-precious materials like agate, ivory or coral, the jewellery became especially colourful and decorative.

Since sentiment and symbolism go hand in hand, each motif on this jewellery had a meaning. The cross stood for faith, the anchor for hope, the serpent for eternity and the tree for life. A variety of love and friendship motifs, such as the heart, clasped hands or the single outstretched hand, bows, love knot, pairs of doves, and cherubs carried messages. The language of flowers appeared on many pieces, ivy for friendship, the forget-me-not for remembrance. Some contained locks of hair, particularly those worn as memorial pieces and some personalised with a woman's name.

If I should from this world
Depart you'd have a bit of my
Heir my hand and heart if we
Could no more each other see
You could still remember me
Ann Elizabeth Brugh, January the 16 1853


The pins in the photo above are not family pieces, but pieces found over many years of searching for other's not so cherished treasures.

3 comments:

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hi Louise
Thank you so much for dropping by just now..there is something very spooky going on ... you mentioned dogs were your intended theme well my alternative post today was to be of old family photos of my mother's parents and grandparents!!!
Your blog is such a delight to read.. one of the first I visit each day as you always have wonderful photos and amusing, interesting and topical posts.. Keep wielding that pen..
Love Michelex

Cowboys & Custard said...

P.s Am I allowed to have a P.s?
I am wearing a piece of mourning jewellery today that is a black enamel locket with gold and seed pearl insert... it belonged to my mother.
Have you been peeking?

Katherines Dream said...

I have so many keepsakes all in treasured little box's.
Locks of hair and teeth! from all my babies.
A piece of hair I cut from my Mum about 30 years ago when she had blonde hair, she is grey now. Tickets, post cards to name a few.
xx