It was the start of Winter and the rain didn't stop all day. On a normal day, I would have found the cold weather, gray clouds and rain depressing. But not on this day.
My grandmother told me that the rain was good luck. I don't think that my (soon to be) husband would have agreed at the time. Little did I know that he and my brother were walking down a country road, soaking wet, looking for a petrol station. Their frantic gestures for a ride were being ignored.
That was 22 years ago today. Our wedding day.
Although we did not have a traditional wedding and instead opted for a small gathering of close family members, I did follow one tradition:
And a sixpence in my shoe
My grandmother provided me with the "something old", being the oldest piece of jewellery (we spell it differently in Australia) that she owned; a hand carved cameo, pictured below.
My grandmother had told me that the cameo had previously belonged to her grandmother and it had been given to her as she was the first granddaughter. She gave it to me on my wedding day, as I was her first granddaughter. I shall pass the cameo to my first granddaughter.
|Wearing the cameo on my wedding day|
I now think my grandmother may have been confused about the tradition of passing the cameo to the first granddaughter as I have since located a photo showing my Grandmothers mother (not grandmother) wearing the same cameo. Is it a coincidence that the cameo is being worn in a photo with the first grandchild (a boy) & great grandchild?
|1960 - 4 generations|
My Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Aunty & Cousin
My Great Grandmother, Mabel Pilgrim is wearing the cameo
Can anyone help me to identify the age of the cameo?
It is one piece, hand carved into shell and not very pretty (sorry Gran). The crown symbol is also stamped into the gold on the reverse. The lady is facing left, which is considered rarer. I haven't seen a cameo with the same hair style, although shorter hair is more likely 20th century?
How would you describe the cameo's nose? A long elegant nose indicates a date prior to 1850 (no I don't think so), an upturned nose became more popular in the mid 19th century and a "pert" nose appeared in the early 20th century.
It would be interesting to date the cameo. Maybe not? The tradition of passing the cameo to the first granddaughter is so lovely, it would be a shame to disprove it.
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