Marion was born in the late 1800s in Manchester. She spent her career as a very much loved girls school headmistress. Sadly her fiance was killed in WW1 as was her brother Norman and she apparently spent many years in a fruitless search for their graves. In her later life she was unfortunately the victim of burglary & lost many precious things. But this little box managed to remain in her possession until her death in 1972!
|GreatGreat Aunt Marions box - battered but well loved!|
|When opened the box reveals its hidden treasure.|
I have chosen 10 items to show in more detail
|Marion was a great traveller & was lucky to go to many exotic places.|
This bracelet shows the major towns of Switzerland with the scenes painted onto enamel
|Marions beloved brother Norman who was awarded the Military Medal|
for bravery under enemy fire. He died at Ypres in 1917 aged 23.
This mourning necklace also has a picture on the reverse side of her father
|This is a handmade beaded choker sadly now falling apart|
|One of the brooches in the box. I think this is marcasite? It catches the light beautifully|
|This piece & another similar one confused me at first but I think I've worked out that|
these clip on either side of a collar on a blouse or cloak. Purely for decoration.
|This is a mourning brooch made of the famous Whitby Jet.|
It has been broken over the years but if i have enough money one day I hope to restore it.
This also held the same photos as the necklace above/
|The coral necklace & earrings.|
I wore this necklace often but it had tightened over the years so we had it restrung
& its much better. Theres no way I could wear the screw on earrings though!
|The joker in the pack?|
This necklace is made if golden cotton(?) crochet work & golden beads
but seems to have a 1960s feel to it!
|Another mourning brooch - poor Marion :(|
I've shown the other side of the necklace with the photo of her father
(my great x3 Grandfather) James Wilson b1853
|Last but not least is little chap. My favourite I think. I dont know what he is made of or why she had him |
in there but he adds a certain whimsy to the collection don't you think?
Thanks for reading xx