Category Archives: Jewellery

Home Again (Object 141)

I’m cheating a bit with this object as it wasn’t in my family until I bought it, new, in 2007. But it has family connotations, and a great family-related story attached to it. It is also one of the few … Continue reading

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The one that got away (Object 140)

This souvenir brooch from the Isle of Man belonged to my mother, but I don’t know the story behind it. I don’t remember her ever mentioning having been there, but she may well have done, or perhaps it was a … Continue reading

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Daylight robbery (Object 139)

  This ornate silver box belonged to my grandmother, Margaret Lane, and is engraved with her initials. I remember my Mum keeping hairpins and other bits and bobs in it on her dressing table. I have long wanted to feature … Continue reading

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To Mandela. Amandla! (Object 109)

I was just at my desk writing another blog post about an old book, listening to the radio, when the death of Mandela was announced. So, I am writing this post instead. I bought this ANC 75th anniversary mug as … Continue reading

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“A super lady” (Object 99)

My mother, pictured above in a newspaper article with the Duchess of Kent, died 12 years ago today. She was not “lucky”, as my Dad had been 9 years previously; it was not sudden, and she did suffer. For some … Continue reading

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A stellar Roman holiday (Object 86)

I have recently visited Rome for the first time, spending an unforgettable 5 days steeped in ancient history and culture with 3 friends. My parents also visited Rome once, one of the many European trips they made with the free … Continue reading

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“Waiting for a faithless Valentine” (Object 47)

I have known this little fellow all my life; it belonged to my mother and I can remember playing with it as a child. It is a carved wooden pig, barely 2 cm long, with a silver band for attachment … Continue reading

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