This Hanky has seen better days. It is over 100 years old.
Did my Great Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Mottram, embroider it as a gift for the marriage of her first child?
Or was it handed down as "something old"?
The answers to these questions are lost forever unfortunately.
|This embroidered handkerchief is over 100 years old.|
It originally belonged to my Great Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Mottram (below).
It has been carried by 7 brides over the years
|My Great Great Grandmother|
Elizabeth Mottram (nee Goulay)
The original holder of the handkerchief
In times gone past, it was a common tradition for a bride to wear a handkerchief, which was often handed down from one generation to another.
We know that the above hanky originally belonged to my Great Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Mottram, and was worn by each of her three daughters (pictured below) and four of her great granddaughters on their wedding days.
|Ambrose Walker married Mary Mottram|
in a "private house" Havelock, Victoria, Australia
Wednesday 21st May 1902
My Great Grandmother, Mary Mottram, was the first daughter to wear the handkerchief on her wedding day, to Ambrose Walker.
I have previously written about their wedding and the gifts received.
Mary did not have any daughters to wear
the hanky but four of her granddaughters wore
the handkerchief on their wedding days.
|Madeline Mottram married Bill Batty|
Havelock, Victoria, Australia
Tuesday, 23 March 1909
|Eve Mottram married Jack Bilton|
at St Margaret's Church, Mildura, Victoria, Australia
on Saturday 29th May 1920
|Eve passed the handkerchief to my Aunty Phyllis who was the guardian until her death in 2008, |
when it was given to me for safe keeping.
|My Aunties in 1957 and 1958|
Four of my Aunties wore the handkerchief as "something old" on their wedding days. One day soon, I shall track down wedding photos of the other two Aunts.
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This post was inspired by the fabric and lady sewing in this weeks Sepia Saturday theme picture.