When we had Mama’s estate sell and divided things, I ended up with several things and jewelry that I wanted to frame. I love the Victorian shadow boxes with various old items in them. I have made 3 big ones that hang in my kitchen. I have been collecting frames and matte board for years. So I had everything right here at home to do all these. I had had all this stuff spread out on the big table in the sunroom for months. I made one with antiques I had collected. Then several from things and jewelry I had gotten from Mama’s estate. I got the energy to start one afternoon and I didn’t go to bed until I finished it. It was 4:00 in the morning and I was exhausted the next day, but after all these months they were done.
An assortment of things I have been collecting to make another Victorian Shadowbox. The crocheted pin cushion with thimble holder made on a turkey bone was a gift from Pat Eaton. The skull button, deer button, and the flower metal button came from Debbie from her trip to Germany.
This is an ivory bead necklace with a carved large piece from Marilyn’s House of Gifts I gave Mama in the late 1970’s.
This silver heart bracelet is from the late 1930’s. It was Mama’s in high school. It was like a charm bracelet. The hearts were sold at a dime store or variety store, not a jewelry store. You would buy and swap hearts with family and friends. each one is a different pattern. There were plain on the back. The Victorian 3-D card was one I found at a sale.
This is a sterling sliver belt buckle that was my grandfather, Papaw. I have had it for years and I had another one I framed for by brother this Christmas. This one has “J.C.G.” hand-engraved for his name, James Carl Campbell. I was named after him. My name is: James Campbell Gatling.
This bracelet is Mama’s original charm bracelet. I has their 25th and 50th anniversary charms with the dates one the back. their 4 boys, Mark, Jim, Lance, and Craig, with their birthdays on the back. Their first grandchild, Blake, and their wedding announcement on the rectangle one. They are all hand-engraved.
Out of all the jewelry that we sorted out of Mama’s estate these were the two pieces I really wanted. The top bar pin was my Grandmother Bessie Mae Williams Gatling. The heart cameo was a gift to Mama from her friend that was an antique collector, Mrs. Swaby.
These three blue delft pins are hand-painted. They are usually tourist things from Holland. The top one was Mama’s. The middle one Debbie brought me from her trip to Germany. The bottom one I found at a sale for $3.50.
The pin was Mama’s Eisenburge rhinestone pin from the 1940. I have had it for years. The charm bracelet is a new one I made up of Mama’s charms and new charms to represent Mama’s hobbies and life.
This is a shadowbox of some of Mama’s jewelry old and new from her childhood through her later trips abroad. Included is things from Italy, Holland, Mexico, Denmark, and Russia. The poodle pin I gave her fro her miniature poodle, Beau. The picture of mama is on white glass and has been colored tinted. The two embroidery pieces are from her two minks.