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BIRTH TO DEATH
In his excellent article
(see # 5) Raoul
Verbist has followed the trails of six couples of spoons and forks of
18th century until the death of their owners and the finding of their
graves in the Convent of Sœurs Noires de Pamele of Audenaerde.
I have another story tied to a silver item but, in this case, the object
of the finding is a birth.
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
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
We have a particular fondness for this objects and we handle it with an
always renewed emotion.
I may ..... Christening certificate of Juana Natividad Orelana
Diaz who was baptized in this house June 25, 1879....
Madrid July 4, 1882
CASA PROVINCIAL INCLUSA - COLEGIO DE LA PAZ
MATERNIDAD - MADRID
....... la partida de bautis-
mo de Juana Natividad Orelana
Diaz que a bautizo en esta Casa el
25 de Junio 1879
Madrid 4 Julio 1882