Maybe I’m just lucky, but I am finding a lot of family at the moment! Along with the family come other blessings and memories such as photographs and ‘things’. These things at the moment include jewellery that has been handed down. Mostly female jewellery, but also the men hand down memories via watches, medals and the like.
I think the word is ‘heirloom’, but this implies great financial value. And a lot of the things I’ve seen photographs of probably have virtually no financial value, but are priceless to the family member.
Recently I found a lovely cousin in America called Heather. And Heather taught me a great lesson, because when you find one person in a family line, don’t ever think you’ve found everything! I already knew others in Heather’s family and then I found Heather, and she has something special to show. Something none of her family have.
She has this:
It is a necklace passed down in our family. The first owner would seem to be Charlotte Sampson, my gg grandmother. Charlotte was born in 1810 and died in 1886. It would seem she passed it onto her daughter Fanny, born 1846, died 1930. From there it was passed daughter to daughter until Heather received it from her mother.
What a beautiful thing! I can’t imagine holding something in my hands that is so precious and so old. The actual financial value is of no significance when it is something a family member would have worn around her neck. Heather seems concerned to actually wear it, in case she damages it, which I can understand.
Jewellery is something I have no books about, I guess I would need to spread my wings into antiques to learn about such things. But on a very basic level it is just the knowledge that such things are out there, that can be found. I didn’t know anything about my family history when I began my search. Who would have thought that you could find these heirlooms, these treasures that belong to your family.