Let's begin with some background. Several years ago, like 14 or 15 years back, I helped my sister out at an estate sale in her neighborhood. An elderly woman had passed away and her son was just cleaning out her house. I decided to buy an entire shelf of paperback books but, as usual, if I get something that doesn't have an immediate use it rides around in the back of my car until I can find the perfect place for it. Well...weeks after that sale I figured out that I didn't even know what books I had gotten! I started flipping pages and about 6 books in I saw it. Someone had cut out a square hole in the pages of a book and there was a piece of tissue paper all crunched up in there. I slowly unwrapped the tissue and found this:
You can't tell from this picture, but it is a sterling silver marcasite ring! Really sparkly. Obviously very precious to someone...they went to a lot of trouble to hide it in that book. But wait...there's more! As I tried it on and looked it over I saw a knob on the side...and then figured out it did this:
It's a Victorian Watch Ring! I felt so badly about having someone else's treasure and tried to return it, but the people had already moved (don't forget, it had been weeks or more) and there was no one in living in the house. So, the way I look at it is that I continue to wear it when I can...yea, it works... and I have certainly given it a much better life than it had inside that book! It is one of my most favorite things and I will be passing it on to my daughter, so it's good life will continue!
That's it from here...enjoy your weekend!