Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Diamonds Are Not This Girl's Best Friend

I have several pieces of "Bling" handed down to me from my Grandmother Greene and Great Grandmother Salter. A sapphire brooch and a Tiffany locket. They are lovely and I cherish them, but there is one piece of ancestor jewelry I would love to find; I would love to own.

It contains no diamonds, no sapphires, no gold. It wasn't crafted by Tiffany. It is a simple brooch. A brooch that contains something near and dear to the footnoteMaven's heart. It is a brooch that contains a photograph.

You can see the brooch in the photograph below, pinned to the lace on my Great Grandmother Julia Ernestine Fleischmann Salter's beautiful dress.

Julia Ernestine Fleischmann Salter

Who is the face in the brooch? I scanned that section of the photograph at a high resolution to see if I could identify the person in the photograph. Below are the two insets of the brooch.

Inset A

Inset B

Yes, I can identify that sweet baby face. It is my grandmother, Lillian Salter Greene. She and my Great Grandmother are pictured below.

Julia Ernestine Fleischmann Salter
Lillian Elizabeth Salter Greene

So now, I search. A search for this photo brooch. Many photo brooches were produced at the time these photographs were taken. They were often sold from the photographer's studio or the advertisements in the back of magazines. I have searched for years with no success. I won't give up. I know it's out there just waiting for me.


Note: I find this type of jewelry so interesting it has become another category in my photograph collecting. I collect photographs of women wearing photo brooches and photo jewelry. Later this week I will post some of the photographs from my collection and discuss the history of this type of jewelry on Shades Of The Departed.


Julian Ernestine Fleischmann Salter. ca. 1906. Card Mounted Photograph. Photograph privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2009

Julian Ernestine Fleischmann Salter - Lillian Elizabeth Salter. ca. 1904. Card Mounted Photograph. Photograph privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2009


Blogger Caroline said...

Awesome! I will definitely keep my eyes open for it. You never know where it might be waiting for you...


August 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

I look forward to this article, and would love to know if brooches had multiple uses as pendants or clips. I have one similar small framed photo, but I don't know if it was from a necklace, brooch, or miniature.
You know we will be looking for your brooch in antique shops,now, and who knows...

August 11, 2009 at 5:32 PM  

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