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An Auction Treasure

March 30, 2013

I sometimes go to auctions and bid on things that take my fancy. Here is one that I really treasure. There were three items – a letter, a chiffon scarf and a silver ring.When I read the letter I was fascinated. It was written in 1946 to a woman about to embark on a journey, and celebrating the end of WW II – V Day, in London. Perhaps the journey ended in Australia as I acquired this at a Brisbane auction. The letter was to Joan Christie from Miss Joss, Edinburgh, Scotland. What I found interesting is the envelope that the ring was in is from R.L.Christie – a jeweller in Edinburgh, and the recipient has the same surname – Joan Christie. I suppose I will never know any more, but I did some research and found the following….Robert Livingstone Christie was perhaps the longest running business, involved in the silver trade, in Edinburgh. Established in 1821, it finally closed its doors for the last time in 2007. The scarf is a dusty pink colour with the map of London on it – and very wearable today, as is the ring. I consider these items to be a piece of history and I feel very fortunate to be the owner.

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A map of London on the chiffon scarf.

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18th June 1946. My dear Joan, Until you come back to these shores of Britain I hope this little map of London will remind you of that memorable day – 8th June 1946 ” V” Day.!! The small bit of Celtic Silver with St Columba’s Galley Ship will I hope bring you special blessing. May the good Saint guide your barque & steer it in fair weather. Its been grand meeting you, & come back again – before long – a warm welcome will wait for you- Bon Voyage – Bless you & my love- Jossy. ( I’m glad you like Peppermint Choc) This will I hope help the journey-

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The silver Celtic ring and envelope it came in.

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The envelope that the letter was in – ” a parting gift “.

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The silver Celtic ring with Saint Columba’s galley ship, and the scarf map.

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  1. Jill permalink
    April 9, 2013 10:59 pm

    Above find (on this page) — delightful story thanks for the share Mary.
    Also– memories of Borneo happening, – as I read your notes and view the gorgeous jungle wildlife photography. Jill

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