Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fearless Females: Heirlooms

Lisa is helping us all celebrate Women's History Month by suggesting daily prompts to recognize the women of our Family Tree. The prompt for the 6th was to describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor: wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.
I'm a firm believe that a picture is worth a thousand words.

This is my maternal grandmother Minnie Elizabeth Chaplin cameo ring. It is very tight on my little finger,either she had small fingers or I have big ones. I have worn it on very special occasions but never for daily use. Being a nurse rings have to be practical, this is beautiful but not practical. This ring was given to my mother's older sister Beatrice but she had three boys and when I was born she gave it to my mother. The setting sits up almost 1/2". I have never seen this worn by anyone family member. It was saved for me. My Aunt Bea was a lot of fun and made be feel like part of the family.

This Cameo pin belongs to my Mom's mother or grandma Mildred Corkish. (My second Mom) I do remember my Mom wearing this pin. Again since I was the only girl I was given this pin also. I think maybe I worn it once. Mostly it lives in the safe. I'm not a fancy dresser so I have no idea what I would wear it on. It sure is a beautiful cameo. I might just have to find something to wear this on!!

When I was looking for my treasures and after I saw them again I realized I had forgotten how many I really have. Finding all these things made me feel very blessed. Something I think I tend to forget. My family tried hard to make traditions to have and to pass down. I trying to survive after the lost of two mothers before age 17, I felt the pain and lost but forgot the good stuff. This has helped me to remember.

Thanks Lisa for these prompts!

I'll be breaking this into a couple of post because I have some other treasures. And I'm sorry to say they are all returning to the safe.


  1. Hi Mary:

    Can you tell me more about this cameo ring? My mother in law recently gave my daughter a cameo ring and necklace set.

    The ring looks almost identical to the one you've feature in your blog. The ring we have is quite unique - the cameo has a hinge which allows it to be flipped over to reveal a beautiful black onyx stone on the other side. I was wondering if your ring has this special secret too?

    Interesting blog BTW....

  2. Lori,
    My ring is not so unique. It just has a back side of a cameo.

  3. Lori,
    PS thanks for stopping by, leaving a comment and the compliment.