We are cleaning out the loft, it’s got so full we couldn’t get anything else in there, so time for a clear out. In doing so I found some treasures, some to keep, and some to go on their journey.
The first item is rather strange, I’ve searched the internet to find similar but to no avail. It’s a bar of soap with CWS on the back, which is the Co-op. After a bit of help from a friend we decided it is commemorating King George VI coronation in 1937.
This leather clutch bag was made by my Grandpa when he was in the army around the time of WW2, he was in the Cameron Highlanders and had an accident whilst training, he wasn’t expected to live so my Gran and my Mam went to Strathpeffer to live for a while. Fortunately he recovered and he learned leatherwork as part of his convalescence. The badge is the Cameron Highlanders cap badge, the initials are my Gran’s. I gave it a clean up with leather cleaner and I’m thinking I might keep my crochet hooks in it.
There were 3 pocket watches in the tin, I never saw Grandpa with a pocket watch but I do remember his father having one so maybe they were his, who knows. One thing I do know is that coal miners would be very proud of owning a pocket watch, they didn’t have much after all.
In the box of old photo’s I found a picture of 4 very proud looking miners with their Davy lamps, the only one I recognise is the one in the front who was a distant relative, I think he was my Gran’s cousin. I think this photo tells us a lot as most photos were taken in studios with back drops, so I wonder why these coal miners had their picture taken, their clothes and faces are clean so it looks staged but with the bricked up doorway and dirty window frame I think it would have been taken outdoors.