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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Over the years I have inherited a lot of family photos, which have taken some time to sort into some kind of logical order (Or what I see as a logical order!).

I have only two photos of my great-grandmother, Alice Oldknow Oldham.  She was born in Nottingham in December 1886 and died aged only 40 in June 1927.

I was delighted to receive this picture and even more so when I also inherited the brooch Alice is wearing at her throat in the picture.

The centre of the brooch holds two photos and can be turned round to show either picture.  You can see the photo of Alice's husband, Ernest Richardson above.

The other side of it has a photo of her son, my grandfather, Fred Richardson as a toddler.

It's lovely to have this brooch as it feels like a connection to the past & to ancestors that I never met.


Louise said...

Lovely, so nice to have something that belonged to your ancestor. I have a ring which I wear that was at least my grandmothers (although we think she also inherited it). It makes you feel like they are "with" you :-)

Caroline Cox said...

That's very true. It doesn't have to be a valuable item either - things that were used/worn every day seem to have more 'feeling'.

Debi Austen said...

That is not only a beautiful heirloom to have but it includes photos - gotta love that!

Caroline Cox said...

Thank you xx

Grant Davis said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Regards, Grant

Yvonne Demoskoff said...

What a lovely and special treasure you inherited, Caroline! Do you ever wear it, or do you keep it safely tucked away?

Caroline Cox said...

Thank you Grant!

Caroline Cox said...

It's safely tucked away, I don't want the photos to fade. It's a shame though, perhaps I ought to wear it, what do you think?

Jana Last said...


What a wonderful family heirloom!

I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

Have a great weekend!

Caroline Cox said...

Thank you!