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It’s Teeny Tiny

Alona's baby bracelet

Stephen & Alona Phillips - December 1973

one of the few photos I have of me wearing it
taken in December 1973, me with my brother

DESCRIPTION: this is my tiny 10cm long gold baby’s bracelet, with a bluebird on the locket part. Though as you can see from the picture above, most of the colour on that has now worn off
DATE: mid-late 1973
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT:  This was a gift that was given to me by my grandma Evelyn Hannaford.
After checking with my mum (as sadly I don’t remember <grin>), she said it may have been for my first Christmas which is when the pic above might have been, or it may have just been a gift for me when I was a few months old.
While the exact details of when I was given it are lost over time, I do still have the bracelet as a memento.

Grandma WAS Young

Ella Randell (nee Sinkinson) with oldest daughter Annie, and youngest Evelyn

DESCRIPTION: a beautiful old photograph of Ella Randell (nee Sinkinson), together with her oldest daughter Ella ‘Annie’ Randell (age c.22),  and youngest daughter Evelyn Phebe Randell (age c.6)
DATE: approx. 1921-22
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: Ella Randell is one of my great grandmother’s on my mum’s side of the family, and her youngest daughter Evelyn Randell is my grandma. This has to be one of my fav. photos of my grandma, I do love seeing her when she was young.  And don’t you just love the beautiful smile that Ella has on her face, she looks really happy.
While I know the family grew up at ‘Kenton Park’ in Gumeracha, I don’t know if this is where this photo was taken. So as always, if other family know more about it, please feel free to let me know, and I’ll add it to the story.

The Old Wood Box

old wood box

old wood box

old wood box

old wood box

DESCRIPTION: this is an old copper wood box that is made of copper and is patterned all the way around, including on the lid.  The round feet on the bottom are made of wood, and are incredibly smooth.
DATE: I don’t know the date as there’s nothing distinguishing on it, like a maker. But as it was owned by my great grandparents any they were together between 1912-1964, so sometime within that date.
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT: The story I have been told about this from family members is that this wood box belonged to my great grandparents, Ralph Gould Hannaford and his wife Dorothy Hannaford (nee McCullough), and now it’s ended up with me. While it is really lovely, it is just too small to be a useful wood box, together with the fact that the chain on the lid won’t let you open the lid up fully to get the inside metal crate out. But it is a lovely family heirloom that I shall add to my house which seems to be growing smaller with every heirloom added to it.

It Just Keeps on Ticking

Jerome & Co Mantle Clock

Jerome & Co Mantle Clock

Jerome & Co Mantle Clock

DESCRIPTION: an old wooden Mantle Clock made by world-renowned clockmakers Jerome & Co., in  New Haven, Connecticut, and once wound up, it still works perfectly dinging away as it does
DATE: 1842-1868
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  I would love to know more about the lineage that this clock has taken to end up with my parents, but sadly I probably never will. What I do know is Dorothy Randell (my great Auntie) had this clock prior to my parents.
Speculation makes us think that it probably came down to her from her grandparents (William Beavis Randell and Phebe Robbins), but whether it was through the Randell family line or the Robbins family line, who knows! What is important is that his family heirloom is still around, and being looked after.
You can see more examples of Jerome & Co’s beautiful clocks here.
And you can read more about Chauncey Jerome, the clockmaker here.

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