Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fearless Females 2013: Day 6: Heirloom

Today's Task:  Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor.

I am fortunate to have several wonderful heirlooms from female ancestors.  One of my favorites is this beautiful fan that belonged to my great grandma Meema (Julia Estell "Estelle" Shaw Lenont, 1877-1958).  My dad had it framed in this pretty shadow box in the 1980s. 

Meema's Fan
Here is Meema in her wedding portrait from 1901.  Can't you just picture her fanning herself with her lovely fan? I feel very lucky to have this piece - a common item for back then, that Meema probably used every day - but so special to us now.  

Estelle Shaw Lenont, 1901

Do you have a favorite heirloom from a female ancestor?

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