Some of you might remember when I shared the story of this little chair in my entry hall with you. Well, in a niche across from this chair hangs a clock and it has a story as well...
Many, many years ago my Grandfather brought this clock with him when he immigrated to the United States. It came to me along with the chair after my Aunt Ann, his oldest child passed away.
How they managed to get it here is a bit of a mystery to me. But it must have had a great deal of value to them because not only do I have the clock, but the receipt of purchase as well; amazingly though tattered and worn it is still complete. The clock was purchased in Whitechapel, England in 1904 for just over two pounds...on payments.
I never met my Grandmother she died several years before I was born. But my Grandfather lived to a great age and was a significant part of my childhood. When I look at this marriage photograph it is hard to imagine the courage and strength it took this young couple to immigrate all the way from Poland... first to England, and then to America...all to seek freedom from persecution, and a better life.
But this is not all, because along with the clock I have my Grandmother's wedding ring, which she is wearing in the previous photo. Today many people wouldn't care for it because of it's design: two snakes intertwined, but in Edwardian times it signified eternal love and was very common.
It is very heavy gold and...fits my ring finger perfectly! I don't wear it because with all of the gardening my hands take a lot of abuse and I would hate for anything to happen to it.
I am so fortunate to have these tangible things from the past linking me to bygone years
of family now gone but still remembered.
Thank you for spending this time with me. May the minutes and hours of your day be filled with joy, happiness and fond memories of bygone days.
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