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My Keepsake Locket

Updated on February 4, 2018
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Bronwen enjoys reminiscing about her small collection of jewellery and how the items in it came to be hers.

My gold locket inscribed with B.
My gold locket inscribed with B. | Source

Keepsakes

I don't have a lot of jewellery, and hardly ever wear what do I have, except the cross my husband gave me for our fortieth wedding anniversary. The rest are keepsakes - small pieces I've kept that once belonged to my mother or grandmother, or that were given to me and I have kept them as a reminder of the person. Most of them will probably be passed on to my children some time in the future.

The other day one of my adult children mentioned a locket. The first thing I thought of was the old nursery rhyme:

'Lucy Locket lost her pocket,

Kitty Fisher found it;

Not a penny was there in it,

Only ribbon 'round it.'

Which, of course, is not really about a locket at all, but about a fabric purse that was tied at the waist in far-off ancient days, and was called a pocket before what we call pockets was invented.

Then, when I went home, I decided to hunt for my keepsake locket. I used to wear it a lot, but rarely these days. It brought back some memories.

Firstly, I came across the gold coloured one pictured above. It has my initial on it, but I can't even remember who gave it to me. No, that wasn't my special keepsake, although it does still look so new and shiny - in fact, so shiny I can see my hands reflected in it as I took the photo.

My Antique Locket
My Antique Locket | Source

The Locket

Yes, this was the one that has so many memories. I sat there with it in my hand as my mind went back to my early twenties.

Now a locket is a small ornamental case that is used to hold an item of sentimental value, such as a lock of hair or a tiny photo. It is usually worn on a chain and hung around the neck and that was what happened with my silver locket, too.

The story

This is the story of how my locket came to be hung around my neck and what had been hidden inside.

Toorak Teachers' College had been such fun. I had been at a girls' school (well, we were actually supposed to be 'young ladies') and now there were lots of young men. Dating was a new experience and in between studies I made many new friends. At our final Ball I met a student from Melbourne Teachers' College and over the summer holidays we met several times.

Then it was down to the serious work of preparing to teach. I had been fortunate enough to have obtained a permanent position as Assistant Teacher in a two-teacher school. However, before the school year began, I was notified that the Head Teacher had resigned and there was already a married woman who taught the 'infant' classes (in those days when a woman teacher married she went to the bottom rung of the ladder and stayed there). She would remain and I would be a temporary Head Teacher - in charge of Years 3 to Post-Primary (Year 9).

All those levels to prepare for really kept me busy, innumerable lesson plans to be recorded; work for each class to be written up on the blackboard, usually the night before, many forms to be filled out, and replies to be written to official government letters to the Head Teacher, which always began

'Dear Sir'!

Part-way through the year the position was advertised, I was doing the job after all, so applied, and, hey presto! I was a permanent Head Teacher of a two-teacher school!

I loved the work and my students, but there was scarcely time to relax in the term holidays - until the long summer holidays at Christmas. Then I caught up with that Melbourne Teachers' College student - so much so that we became engaged.

My parents were horrified. Dad said,

"I thought you were going to be a career girl."

Mother said much worse: I was much too young to know my own mind, he was immature, etc, etc.

Eventually, to keep the peace we accepted that the engagement would be secret for three months. They were so sure it was 'mere puppy love' and would be over in a matter of weeks. I agreed to not wear my ring for the three months.

It seemed an age ahead of us. One day, on the way home from work, I visited Kosminsky's Antique Gallery in the city. The attendant understood my need and showed me a lovely little silver antique locket and my ring fitted inside it perfectly. I left it in, so 'wore' my ring home - and for the rest of the three months. It may not have been visible, but I knew I was wearing it.

At the end of the time we were more in love than ever, my parents accepted it, we had a fairly small engagement party and were engaged for a whole year before our lovely wedding.

The Photo

As I continued to reminisce I looked at the locket in my hand and opened it.

Yes, it was still there: I had replaced the ring with a tiny photo of my beloved, and there he was, still looking so young and handsome.

My handsome Darling
My handsome Darling | Source

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    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      11 days ago from Victoria, Australia

      Kamalesh050: How lovely! Thank you so much for your comment.

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      Kamalesh050 

      2 weeks ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      What a Beautiful story ... it has touched my heart !

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Nell Rose: I'd love to read your stories, I'm sure they'd be so interesting. Thank you for your delightful comments.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      What a lovely story. And yes he is very handsome. I have necklaces with a story, but nothing so romantic as yours.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Larry W Fish: Thank you for your lovely comment. At one stage I learned silver smithing as a hobby, so I know something about how meticulous it can be, and that polio was such a menace when we were kids. It's wonderful how we hardly ever hear of it now.

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      Larry W Fish 

      4 months ago from Raleigh

      Bronwen, what a touching and sweet story about the locket that means so much to you.It is amazing how articles of jewelry can mean so much to someone. My father was a famous silversmith in the area where I grew up. I still have many articles that he make in the mid 1960s. He died in 1970 of lung cancer. One of the favorite pieces that means a lot to me is a butterfly pin that he made. It took a lot of work and when I look at that pin I actually well up with tears. My dad got polio when he was a teenager. He learned to make silver jewelry and he was a master at it.Thanks for sharing your article, I loved it.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      redsparrowriter: How lovely! We should not put great store on our possessions, but they can be reminders that are important to us of precious occasions and relationships that have blessed us along the way. Thank you for your comment.

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      rdsparrowriter 

      4 months ago

      Hi Bronwen thank you for sharing your special love story :) I too have a couple of ear rings that I have kept them because of the sentimental value :) Stay blessed !

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Peggy Woods: I find that I don't seem to wear so much jewellery as I used to, either, but it still has sentimental value so I keep most of it, sometimes giving a piece to a granddaughter. I'm sorry I've taken so long to reply, I've had a bout of Polymyalgia rheumatica, and typing was painful. Thankfully it is gradually easing now. Keep well and especially enjoy your pieces that have been handed down to you, they could have some interesting stories to tell.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for sharing the story of your special locket and love story at the same time. You reminded me of some jewelry that has been passed down to me from family members. I seem to wear less jewelry these days and have actually given some of mine away to people who might enjoy wearing it.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      FlourishAnyway: I'm glad you enjoyed it. The photo remains, he was a very special person and a good companion through the ups and downs of our life together.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      This was a lovely story. I like that you still have it with your husband’s photo inside.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Rickie Arms: Thank you, I'm so glad that you enjoyed it.

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      Rickie Arms 

      7 months ago from United States

      I love this story and what a unique locket!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Jackie Lynnley: I'm so sorry you weren't able to vote. It seems to be all right from my end. Thank you for your comments - I wasn't sure if other people would find it interesting and, yes, I thought he was handsome. Perhaps you could write about your keepsake, too.

      Mary Norton: Your patron saint! How lovely. You have kept it for a long time - some things are precious reminders.

      Bill Holland: Yes, often the stories behind our keepsakes are more important than the things themselves.

      Erik Dierker: I was just thinking that it seems to be the females who enjoy their keepsakes - and then you confirmed it! I wonder if men have keepsakes as well.

      Dora Weithers: I suppose it really is a love story - and he was certainly the love of my life. We had troubles in our lives as they went along, of course, but we had so much fun together, too.

      Linda Crampton: I'm so glad that you enjoyed it - and that you have keepsakes, too. They can be very small and seemingly unimportant, but very special in our hearts.

      Karen Hellier: Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you liked the photos, I had to take them twice: the first time they did not look very good at all, I had them in the wrong light.

      Michael-Miles: What a lovely comment! Thank you so very much.

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      Michael-Milec 

      7 months ago

      Such a delightful adorable story, one of those great pleasure to read..

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      Karen Hellier 

      7 months ago from Georgia

      What a sweet story. Thanks so much for sharing the story of your engagement and that special locket.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely story, Bronwen. The photos are beautiful. You have reminded me of jewellery that is special to me.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      What a beautiful love story and a great way to remember the love of your life. Good read! Thank you for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really liked this. Reminded me much about my mom and sisters.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very lovely! Thank you for sharing the story behind it.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have several but the one I wear all the time is a necklace and on it is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, my patron saint. It was given to me 30 years ago.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Tried several times to vote but something went wrong.

      Thanks for sharing this special hub. Your guy really was handsome! Parents should know they can't fight love.

      I have a special keepsake, so old and looks brand new like yours. We really should keep them out to enjoy more often.

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