March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.). If you don't have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.). Thank you to Lisa over at The Accidental Genealogist for supplying a month's worth of prompts celebrating Women's History Month.
As a genealogist I am very blessed to have a variety of items from which to choose for this blog. In particular, all of the items passed along from my maternal grandmother, Martha Marie Frederick Stark, are in my possession......one of those only girl of an only girl songs. My dilemma occasionally is trying to decide if the item is a Frederick or a Stark antique.
Although I do have many pieces of jewelry along with my grandmother's diamond engagement ring, I have decided to choose a sweet little pin that probably belonged to her as a young woman. Teek (my pet nickname for her) was employed for many years as a stenographer before she married and I think she had numerous pieces of jewelry. This one has survived over one hundred years.
I would guess that it was either a lapel pin or a tie/scarf tack. I have seen her in photos wearing a scarf hanging down from under her collar like a tie.