#AtoZChallenge T is for Family History Trinkets & Treasures

Family History Trinkets & Treasures

Family History Trinkets & Treasures

For the #GenealogyPhotoADay prompt trinkets & treasure I shared on Instagram my polished stainless steel jewellery box with royal blue velvet interior, now faded and falling off. Dad made it for me. It’s my treasure box.

I am guessing when I was about 6 years old when Mum & Dad gave it to me. I keep some of my treasures and trinkets inside. It’s filled with cards, little badges, hankies with tatting, embroidered and crocheted edges. There is a first Christmas photo and tiny baby booties saved from over thirty years ago.

Welding Perfection

Dad worked at a place that made stainless steel products when I was young. Years later when he visited the first house we had purchased  he checked under the stainless sink to inspect the welding quality.  He worked as a fitter doing maintenance tasks on the machinery although his high quality welding was in demand for special projects. One time he welded the parts of a massive stainless bench with  sinks for an operating theatre in a hospital. The more flawless the weld, the easier it was to keep surfaces above and below the bench hygienically clean.

Family History Vitals and Jewel Box Craftsman

My Dad and the maker of the jewel box for my family history trinkets, was Ernest Eric Scott Kitto b.1917 d.2000.

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I welcome comments. Do you have a treasure box?

8 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge T is for Family History Trinkets & Treasures”

  1. I have Mama’s cedar chest in which I have treasures like my baby blanket, a dress of mothers, my NHS jacket from high school, …. have other things I treasure all around: Daddy’s hoe, Mama’s cast iron skillet, FIL’s aluminum pot, Mama’s recipe box, etc.

    I think welding stainless is supposed to be one of the more difficult metals to work with. Husband was a pipefitter. Designed a system at the local L P plant that Ron Paul flew in to see and put in use other places. Son is skilled welder, be it fabricating or pipelining.

    Your dad was from the same era as mine.

    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    1. Barbara, What a great collection. To have a piece from so many close relatives and ancestors is nice. Good on a you for using your cedar chest in this way. Fran

  2. What a lovely post and memory of your dad! He was quite skilled from the look of that flawless box. I also have a trinket box — it’s wood, hand finished by my grandfather with a bird and flower motif painted on the outside by my grandmother. She lined the box with wallpaper from the farm where I lived as child with them and my parents and brothers. Similar to yours, it’s filled with odds and ends memories, and I just love it.

  3. I love the photo you have created. I have treasures but not treasure box. Mostly household items, that when I use them it reminds me of my grandmother, mother, or great-grandmother or father. I like to take pictures of them and write stories about the people they come from. I haven’t learnt quite how to take such beautiful picture as you have – it’s a skill that I would like to develop.

    Snippets from the life of Martha Sarah Ellis.
    http://ancestralresearchjournal.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/a-to-z-challenge-t-is-for-ted-otherwise.html – T is for Ted otherwise known as Edward
    Sandra, Aspiring family historian, fellow participant in the #AtoZchallenge
    http://ancestralresearchjournal.blogspot.com.au/ – Sandra’s Ancestral Research Journal

  4. My husband, who has tried his hand at a little welding, often comments on the quality of stainless steel welds. He has a lot of respect for good welding 🙂 The jewellery box is a terrific memento, not just to store trinkets but to remember your father’s skill.

    1. I’m glad to know someone out there also has heard about stainless steel welds. I was thinking no one would really understand my fathers concern under my sink.

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