Posts Tagged ‘jewellery’

Jewelry Prices in 1903

June 11, 2015

Jewelry is not a mis-spelling. It is the word used on this document.

This document is another one of those bits of paper found in the house where Jack lived. Jack Welch lived there, along with his parents in the Edwardian era. What we look at today is a supplement to a price list for January 1903. The whole document is about modern A3 size and printed on both sides of the page. We are just looking at a part of it amounting to one quarter of the whole page.

Jewelry prices in 1903 as found in James Welch's house in Market Lavington

Jewelry prices in 1903 as found in James Welch’s house in Market Lavington

Here, on what might be thought of as a front page, we see some 9 carat gold items. Let’s pick on the 5/- items (five shillings was what was said). In money terms that was a quarter of a pound or 25p. But somebody who earned five shillings in 1903 might now earn £157. With fluctuating gold prices it is hard to say just what a similar brooch might sell for.

For a second page let’s look at the ‘digger’ jewelry – charms for hanging on a bangle in silver or gold at significantly different prices. Top prices here were for these rather unlikely items in 15 carat gold – about twice the price of the 9 carat variety.

'Digger Jewelry prices

‘Digger Jewelry prices

The whole document gives an insight into the prices of 1903 and also the fashions of that era. What a lovely item.

A brooch to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

August 21, 2010

Sixty years a Queen of England! What an achievement that was, although I’m sure we all hope we’ll have a similar event to celebrate in a couple of years.

But Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in 1897 and we can only imagine the fun and games that might have occurred all over the country, and, indeed, the empire. And of course, that included Market Lavington, Fiddington and Easterton.

Perhaps in those days, well over 100 years ago, people were more inclined to venerate royalty. Jewellery was made for the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee and we have an example of one item – a brooch – in Market Lavington Museum.

Brooch commemoration Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 - at Market Lavington Museum

This would appear to be a cheap, base metal item and portrays Queen Victoria in 1837 on the left and in 1897 on the right. A crown sits over the top.

This is one of many items given to the museum by a former resident, R. N. May, back in 1990.

And of course, this year Market Lavington Museum will celebrate its own Silver Jubilee with the ‘Museum Miscellany’ event on 18th September.

In the New Cabinet – The Baker Shelf

February 18, 2010

One of the reasons that we have a new display cabinet – bringing more life and interest to our upstairs room – is because a member of the Baker family, who lived in Canada, left the museum a legacy in honour of her grandfather, John Baker of Market Lavington. John was a tinsmith and trader as well as being a prize winning sharp shooter with the local Loyal Volunteers, and being ever ready to turn out with the Market Lavington fire engine. The picture shows the Baker shelf.

Baker shelf in the new display cabinet at Market Lavington Museum

One of the items has already been featured on this blog but it has not been on display before because it is a new gift and that’s the pair of scales that the family used.

Another new item is a lovely little brooch containing a lock of hair. This belonged to John’s daughter, Mabel. She was born in 1883 in Market Lavington.

Several of John’s children emigrated to Canada and other items on this shelf have made a round trip, from Market Lavington to remote spots in Canada and back again. There are various items of enamel ware which might have been sold by John Baker, but these pieces were kept by the family and used. There’s also an autograph book sent from Market Lavington to Canada by John’s daughter, Mollie as a 1912 Christmas gift for her sister, Amy, who had already emigrated.

Photos of the family form a backdrop on this shelf.

We have, in the museum, a folder full of photos and information about this family. Do ask to see it when you visit the museum.

In the New Cabinet

February 16, 2010

Market Lavington Museum is delighted to have a new display cabinet this year. As we mourn the death of Peggy Gye, our founder, we can be certain that she would have been delighted that the museum continued to move ahead. It does make for exciting times at the museum and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the county staff at the History Centre in Swindon for providing a grant for this cabinet and also for a laminator which gives labels and photographic displays a more professional look.

Today we are going to peek into one section of the new cabinet.

One shelf in Market Lavington Museum's new cabinet

This shelf contains items which might be deemed to be feminine in nature. Market Lavington has had a fan fanatic in the past – and a collection of these cooling devices was donated to the museum many years ago. Sadly, there has been little opportunity for them to be on display, but now we have half a dozen on this shelf. They cover a hundred years of fan history ranging from a nineteenth century pierced bone fan to a mid twentieth century plastic and paper version.

We can also see a skirt lifter which ladies used to lift skirts a little to avoid stepping on the hem when climbing stairs. There’s a very elegant pair of kidskin gloves along with a lovely amber (coloured) necklace which just oozes the 1920s. There are also a couple of smaller items including an elegant brass locket which was dug up in a Market Lavington garden in the 1970s but which dates to about 1900.

Our volunteers have been busy researching and producing labels, as well as organising and displaying items. If you haven’t visited the museum for some time, then do come in 2010 for there is much new to see.