Hankies and Hatpins

Something awesome arrived the other day!  My mom told me she was sending me some stuff for Hoarder’s Corner and to be on the lookout for a package from her.  When the package arrived, I was excited to see what was in it.  Turns out, I had a reason to be excited.

Among the contents of ribbon and other collected bits for a collage project or mixed-media jewelry, she had packed in some family heirlooms — from three generations of maternal Grandmothers.  Like I said, awesome!

There were hatpins from my grandma, which may have been from her mother, who was a milliner and made hats. Hankies – two of them, one a unique hexagon shape on a soft floral print, and the other a white square with lovely tatting along one corner.  My mom can’t remember if they were my grandma’s or great-grandma’s, she’s had them since high-school.  From my great-great-grandmother – an embroidered silk collar to be worn with a “fancy dress that had a lower cut neckline” (from the note in the package).

And last but not least, a small cloisonne locket, whose cover slides aside to show an engraved Virgin Mary.

All that family history in some unassuming hankies and hatpins. Knowing my family, there’s probably a story (or more) to go with each of these pieces. I’m not sure why I love this stuff, but I do, and I’m very glad they joined the collection.