In just a few weeks, Christian's family will be moving. I've been helping his mom, Chris, go through all of their belongings to help downsize and pack everything. We've come across a lot of unique and antique items! They used to live on a farm so they had a spinning wheel, old chairs, and vintage farm equipment hiding in their attic along with a small fortune in collectable toys (think 60's Midge doll, original Transformers, etc.). I love looking at antique and vintage items and I often wonder what it would have been like to grow up during the 40's, 50's and 60's!
One of my favorite items that we came across was this jewelry box that belonged to Christian's great grandmother. After pulling it out of a box, Chris exclaimed, "I've never opened this box or gone through it. A lady's jewel box just seemed so sacred!"
I love that. A lady's jewel box is a sacred place where she keeps some of her most valuable possessions as well as basic needs. A lady's jewel box, in a way, is like a purse. A man just shouldn't go through it!
After hiding in a box for so many years, we decided to take a look at the jewelry box's contents.
Most of the jewelry found in the box was gold. I was surprised at how, when looking at these bracelets, I could see myself and my peers wearing them around campus. I especially love the large bracelet. The clasps for many of these were interesting and difficult to figure out as they aren't like modern day hook clasps.
|Brooches found in the jewel box|
A little secret about myself - my ears aren't pierced; I have a collection of clip on earrings that I wear! Surprisingly, most people would never guess! The first pieces that caught my attention after opening the box were all of the clip on earrings, especially the pair with the pearls in the middle. Chris saw them and said, "You would have loved Grandma, she was such a lady. Someone needs to wear these!" Then looks right at me. Be on the lookout for those pearl clip ons in future posts, as I'm honored to wear them.
There were quite a few baubles in the jewel box, as well. A few hairpins, a pair of reading glasses, and lots of nail files (a lady always keeps her nails in decent shape)! After doing a little research, Bob Nettle was an Ohio congressman who served in the House of Representatives and the Senate from 1977-1995. There were also a few hair wraps. Chris told me that Grandma loved to get her hair done every week at a nearby neighbor's house who was a hair stylist. After her up-do was styled, she would slide in one of her hairpins, and cover her hair with a wrap to make sure the style wouldn't be damaged on the walk home.
After hearing many stories of Grandma, I wish I had the chance to meet her. She seemed like a very wise and classy lady. In a way, I feel like I have met a part of her.