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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Grandma Jones' Jewelry Box



In addition to a love of dancing Grandma Vera had a fondness for clothing and jewelry. This is one of her jewelry boxes. It's interesting what collects in this type of box. Tucked in the top lining there are sewing needles, a few more are scattered through the compartments along with a plastic bag of buttons and a thimble. A dog's name tag "Bosco", some Mexican coins, a pill box, a souvenir toothpick holder from The School of the Ozarks, jewelry findings and loose stones, a stretchy beaded hat band, and a car key. The jewelry is mostly nicer costume stuff, there are pieces made by my Grandad of turquoise, fire agate, and silver, a few tie tacks she had been safe keeping, two bolo tie slides, four watches, some fancy western shirt collar points, and four belt buckles. I'm so glad I have this box, it still smells like her and her house. When I am missing her I can open it up and take a deep breath and remember.

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  1. Oh I LOVE this!! And I was going to ask if that was still her things in it... so nice to have it! My mom and aunt have some family heirloom rings... actually I think my sister has one of them??

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    1. I'm very lucky to have several things from this Grandma and Grandad. Being an only child of an only child helps, there was no one else for the stuff to go to.

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  2. My paternal grandpa smoked cigars. I have his stand ashtray. It was cleaned out decades ago, but still, when I want, I can open the flaps to it and get a whiff of his cigars. It's almost like having him in the room with me. The only thing missing is his cackling laugh.

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    1. Nice story! A good reason to never clean treasures to thoroughly! :)

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  3. How nice that you have the jewelry box so full of memories. Many times an object can bring back a person to you better than any picture could do. A keepsake from the past is proof of our memories and events that are so important to us. Enjoyed reading your blog very much.

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    1. Very true! Thank you for the comment Charles!

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  4. I have my Grandmother's box, and it looks a lot like this one. I have great memories. Every time we'd go out, she would go in it and put something on, and let me wear something. And yes, the smell! It takes me back every time!! A few of my favorite things inside are the yellow rose stick pin that I got her for a gift when I was in elementary school, and the bangles she loved to wear. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. A wonderful collection of what was important to her. Nice.
    Regards,
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

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