Over the years, since my Mother's passing in 1987, I've opened her jewellery box and fondly handled the beads, purls and brooches, remembering her wearing them. Sunday was her day to shine, usually in a beautiful tailored suit she'd made herself, accessorising with a brooch, earrings and necklace, never overdone for church.
I'd seen these cufflinks with an engraved pattern several times but they didn't really interest me as I was admiring prettier things.
It wasn't until I took this photo of my Grandparents down to scan for my brother, that I noticed Grandfather was wearing the cufflinks. I found them and on closer examination, saw that they were engraved with Grandma's maiden name initials, MC (May Crouch) and JH (John Hewish). I'd like to think that they were Grandma's wedding gift to her Jack.
I believe the black lacy mittens
belonged to Grandma
They were married 19 years. May lost her Jack to pneumonia; a widow with three teenagers and times were tough in 1927.