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A True Treasure Found!

August 5, 2008

Last weekend, I took a trip to visit my Mom in Katonah, NY.  Every time I see my Mom, I interrogate her with questions about the family. Frankly, she should be pretty sick of me by now, but she keeps on entertaining me with a smile.

So I decided to ask her about some jewelry I remembered belonging to my Grandmother, Isabelle Lewis.  I was thrilled to find that there were many pieces of family jewelry in my Moms possession that I had never seen or heard of.  So I asked her for permission to have some of the items appraised.  The story behind all the items will remain for another post on another day.

So while I was at the Jewelers, we had an in-depth conversation about the engraving script used to display the initials on the many of the pieces.

The assistant told me that in those days, the letter that represents the last name is usually found in the middle of the initials.  That explains the reason I was having such difficulty reading some of the initials. But on this particular one, it did not make much sense.

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This picture comes to us from the estate of Virginia Tierney Bishop, my Mom’s first cousin.  She died in April of 2008 and left us quite a bit to investigate.  This picture is a scan of the original that I found in a little protective picture frame, stashed away in her desk.  A little note inside states that the picture and or frame was fixed of damage in 1996.  It goes on to state that this picture is circa 1860 of a Tierney (or Beattie) ancestor.

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