In the second part of my Family Jewels series I’d like to introduce you to my ‘star’.
I first became aware of the story of ‘the star’ from Doris Star (aka Granny), whilst she was recuperating at home after a long stint in hospital, I was sat keeping her company as she reminisced about the family’s past characters and events.
Doris explained that ‘the star’ had belonged to her father Cecil Star and was designed to hang from his watch chain, she remembered it well.
Cecil died at the relatively young age of 53 and reading between the lines I would say that Doris was the apple of his eye, she had certainly felt his death keenly at the tender ago of 19.
After Doris’ death 2010 there was some speculation that the blue stone in the middle was a sapphire but on a recent visit to the BBC’s Antiques Road Show I was reliably informed by Geoffrey Munn that it was in fact blue glass. The hallmark is difficult to read but Geoffery felt that it had been made in Birmingham in approximately 1897.
Many apologies for not posting as frequently as I should – I have no excuses …
To compensate for my lax ways in my blogging duties I have decided to do a series of posts on the family jewels and the stories behind them …
There is no better person to start the series with than my Granny, Doris Star. Here she is on the occasion of her Confirmation in 1926.
The photo was taken by her uncle Albert Train who had a photographic studio on Market Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Doris’ dress was made by her mother, Gertrude Harrison (nee Hopkins, originally of Leighton Buzzard).
Doris’ watch was a gift from her mother to mark this important occasion.
Doris treasured and wore the watch for many years.
After her death in June 2010 I brought the watch home to photograph and Darren (my husband) managed to get it working again. It was lovely to hear the tick tick tick of the mechanism and to think that the last person to hear that sound was my Granny.