Having recently written about the beautiful things that have been handed down in our family it seemed a good time to revisit some of these belongings and put a list in one place. If you’re part of our family and want to add something, please leave a comment.
Inside this locket is a photograph of my grandfather, and a lock of hair. The photograph looks like one taken in 1914. The lock of hair might belong to Joseph Taylor Dinnis, or to their first-born son, Jack Douglas Dinnis.
Looking up a dictionary reference for ‘heirloom’, just to make sure I’m using the right word, I find it says “a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations”, or “a valued possession passed down in a family”. Which is interesting because ‘value’ is a relative concept. What may be worth a lot of money, might not be considered the most valuable possession in your family.
This is a necklace passed down from Charlotte Sampson to her daughter Fanny Dinnis.
It was passed from generation to generation and currently belongs to Heather Gabrielli who supplied the photograph.
This is my mother’s engagement ring. It was bought on the 24 September 1947, at Saqui and Lawrence Ltd, 75 North Street, Brighton. Priced at £39 4 shillings.
Edith and Rose were my grandmother’s sisters. Edith was engaged to Ernest Doswell, and Rose to Wilfred Davis.
Thinking about heirlooms and the financial value of items has led me to thinking about what I actually value. I wonder what you value from your family’s past? If you had to just save one item, what means most to you from your family history? I think for me it is probably my father’s letters written home during WW2. And the photographs I have. I don’t own many photos, most of the one’s used here belong to other family members and have been scanned and sent to me.