Tuesday’s Treasures: memorial jewelry

During a fairly recent volunteer session at the Costume Museum of Canada, I came across what I believe is memorial jewelry. The first is a rather large locket dated 1860’s.11

It was not metal. May be it was wood?  I don’t know.  Instead of photographs inside, there is hair.  I hope you can make it out in the photograph.  The glass is quite scratched.  12

I hope you also noticed that in the inner edges, around the glass, have a pattern worked into it.

The next piece is a double portrait pendant.9

The photograph seems to be of an Victorian or Edwardian woman but that is all I have for dates.  The other photograph is on the other side of the lady’s photo.10

It was a man and that is all I can make out.  It obviously did not endure time as well!

The third piece is my favorite because of the red stones (ruby? garnet?).6

The photograph is of 2 women.7

It is pretty primitive looking and yet I love it!  The piece is held to the wearer with a bar pin and a chain.8

I wish I caught the end of the chain in the photograph because I don’t recall what it is.  Was it a bar that was slid into a button hole?  I can’t remember.  But it is a good idea.  I’ve had the clasp on my pins come undone and then they are gone….

Selkirk Highland Gathering

Saturday Mr. Victorian and I….

gathered together with other Scots to hear the song of my people.IMG_20160702_151958365

As Mr. Victorian is not Scottish, he did not find this music as moving as I do.  It will bring a tear to my eye!

This is the tartan of my people.IMG_20160702_143318892

We saw men in kilts (yum) walking tall and carrying big sticks.

We saw some lovely rescue birds.

And I was totally okay with going into the petting zoo with no children in tow.IMG_20160702_203531I really wanted to take that bunny home with me…..

All in all, it was a pleasant way to spend and afternoon.


Turn the page: okay I lied

I didn’t really lie, I just fudged the truth for ease of explanation.  In the last Turn the page post, I said that there were no more cabinet card pictures because the back of the book features carte de visites.   As you can see this was not the complete truth.5a

There is one more cabinet card of a very pretty girl.5b

What great eyes!  And she has some very nice jewelry and the embroidery(?) on her bodice is wonderful!  I like that it is asymmetrical.   I wonder what the bottom half looked like.5c

Her photograph was taken in Sudbury Ontario by AJ Lothian, who we see and find out about  earlier on in the album.

This is the fellow who had his photograph done by the same fellow in the same town.SAM_3344

If these two are not related I would be totally surprised!

The next time we do this “turn the page” stuff, we will look at the carte de visites on the next page.5d