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Granny's Treasures

On this page, I share the stories behind some of the family treasures. None have any intrinsic value but they are precious to me. I am the current custodian of some of these treasures; others have already been passed to my descendants, are looked after by other family members, or can be found elsewhere. Click on the images to download a pdf and find out more. To make things easier for those using a phone, I am now creating separate pages, so, as an alternative to accessing the pdf, you can just click on the title to be taken to a new page. At the moment, this only works for those with fewer pictures (those that are underlined) but gradually, I will include this option for as many as I can. It may be that there will be more pictures in the pdf versions.

Patchwork quilt

The patchwork quilt, begun by Clara Woolgar née Dawson and worked on by four generations.

Jessie's Locket

Caroline Jessie Leighton's locket

The locket that was made for Caroline Jessie 'Jessie' Leighton, by her father.

Albany Braund's pocket watch
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The pocket watch awarded to Albany Braund for forty-five years service on the railways, firstly with London South Western Region and latterly  with British Rail Southern Region.

The wedding dress worn by my mother, Gwendoline Catherine Smith, when she married my father, Cyril Albany Braund, in 1947.

Victorian Baby Gown

Three Victorian baby gowns that belonged to the Smith family.

Kitchen Memorabilia

1940s mixing bowl

The stories behind some of the things that lurk in my kitchen

Crested China collected by Gwendoline Braund née Smith

Eastern Artefacts

Wooden Elephant

A collection of Crested China, collected by my mother, Gwendoline Catherine Braund née Smith.

The story of various heirlooms that were brought back from the Indian sub-continent and the Far East by a member of the Seear or Smith families.

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The story of the chair belonging to my great grandmother, Clara Woolgar née Dawson

Sundial carved by Samuel Braund

The sundial made by Samuel Braund.

Red bird Christmas decoration

The story of some of the decorations, many from the 1940s-1960s, that are hung on the Christmas tree each year. The tale of other treasured decorations and more Christmas memories can be found on the Memories page.

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The ring that commemorated the marriage of my great great grandparents, Philip Woolgar and Mary Cardell.

Frederick's Games Box

Frederick's Games Box

The story of the games box that belonged to my grandfather, Frederick Herbert Smith and almost certainly his father before that.

The Family Photograph Album

The Photo Album

This account is a lightly edited version of an assignment about the family photograph album that I did as part of a post-graduate certificate in Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture. I once mislaid this album for several months, despite having scanned many photos and having since scanned many more, it was akin to a bereavement.

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