I have four drawers in my dressing table. When the removal men carried it up the path to the bungalow, a drawer opened the the contents spilled out. The contents of which, I had neglected to empty. This included, amongst other things a box of cotton buds. It was a bit embarrassing, but they were nice about it and left me to pick up the cotton buds.
It was a few days later I discovered the empty box.
It did contain a wad of cotton wool and a brooch. It wasn’t just any old brooch, it was a family heirloom. It was a gold barred broach with a knot in the centre and was given to me by my husband’s elderly auntie. She said that it had belonged to her grandmother and thought I might like it.
Annie Pedder was 27 years old in 1881, so I knew the broach was pretty old and was really sorry to have lost it.
A week later, I was chatting to a neighbour over my garden gate. I just happened to look down and there is was in the mud by the corner of the gate.
This photo shows Annie Pedder in the centre holding the flowers. She sits next to her husband at her daughter’s wedding sometime in the early 1900s.