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iconnumber posted 05-19-2004 06:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ottesub     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a story tied to a silver item.

On the late summer of 2003 I was with my wife in Madrid for an holiday.
During our stay we went to the "Rastro", a market famous for its Antiques shops.
The visit wasn't of great satisfaction. Few pieces of silver were available and Spanish silver was virtually absent.

Finally, as a souvenir of our visit, we bought a leather wallet with a silver cover embossed with a pair of stalks of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) bearing single head of flowers and large leaves with margin cut into great jagged teeth.
The cover was marked "800" (silver degree 800/1000) and the decoration was a typical example of Art Nouveau style. We assumed that the wallet was probably made in Spain at the end of XIX century.

Only at the end of our stay my wife made a surprising discovery.
Hidden in a pocket at the interior of the wallet, there was the ancient christening certificate of Juana Natividad Orelana Diaz, who was baptized on June 25, 1879 in the Colegio de la Paz - Madrid.

The finding out of the christening certificate was a confirmation of our evaluation about the age of the object, but unvaluable was the emotion and the surprise we have had discovering a document belonged to the ancient owner of the wallet, emerging from the past after a century of forgetfulness.

We have a particular fondness for this objects and we handle it with an always renewed emotion.

I've triede a translation of the Spanish text

I may ..... Christening certificate of Juana Natividad Orelana Diaz who was baptized in this house June 25, 1879....
Madrid July 4, 1882


The original text in Spanish is:

Puede ....... la partida de bautis-
mo de Juna Natividad Orelana
Diaz que a bautizo en esta Casa el
25 de Junio 1879
Madrid 4 Julio 1882

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2004 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thompson9999     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a lovely piece and story !

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