Sunday, 8 May 2011

Great Grandmother Maria's Jewellery - Treasure Chest Thursday


         

My great grandmother Maria Danson, nee Rawcliffe (1859-1919) had ten sons  and as her last child an only  daughter Jennie.  On a visit to see Jennie's daughters, I took these photographs of their mother's jewellery and they remain among my family history treasures.

Left - Maria with her only daughter Jennie (1897-1986) and in front her granddaughter Annie Maria, who following the death of her young mother, made her home with Maria.  

Something that puzzles me is the extent of the collection, given that Maria's husband James was only a joiner, was by all accounts  a bit of a wastral and he died in 1906, leaving Maria with seven children still living at home - a simple (and what must have been crowded)  terraced house in Bull Street, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.  Two sons John (father of young Annie - above)  and George died in the First World War.





Necklace & brooch sent by son Frank who was in hospital
in Malta during the First World War
 

Maria's collection of rings
 

Brooch of the Women's Institute  

Fly brooch



Mourning jewellery
 
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