and the Celtic Weave Bracelet
Friends and I back in high school and college would go on something we called “lost weekends”. A car, a full tank of gas, a loaf of bread, a new jar of peanut butter, a jar of raspberry jam, and a knife for spreading. With two sleeping bags in the trunk and $10 just in case – we were set to go anywhere.
We had no destination in mind, no map, and no plan – other than to get lost. If there was a goal it was to get as far away from home to somewhere we’d never been and make it back home by Sunday night. Our overnight accommodations were perfect and the right price. We’d find a graveyard, every town had one…park in the back and no one ever bothered us.
The next morning we’d do a leisurely walk through the park, reading dates and inscriptions, studying beautiful stone works, great sculpture, and getting a sense of local history. It was a great way to travel and see New England. I remember every lost weekend in detail. Surfing a remote Maine beach, Boothbay, Acadia, we even made it to Cape Cod, New York City, and Canada. If I had to do it again, I would add more to the list of lost weekends.
This photo is of a granite edging pattern in a graveyard with a weave design very similar to our Celtic Ivy Trellis bracelet. The bracelet pattern is carved in relief…the background is cut away and antiqued in black. The bracelet has two rails in high polished silver and as a spring cuff, fits 90% of all women. This is one of the great sterling silver classic bracelets. It’s easy-on and comfy, smooth.
A memory from 1955: three story cream colored house on Sargent Street, Westbrook, Maine. October lawn, grass needs mowing, obvious to a 6-year-old. The air is filled with the haze and the smell of burning leaves. I remember the long green grass. I remember the smoking piles of leaves and the curious feature in the middle of the side lawn, a white painted lattice trellis an arched structure with two built in seats.
To a 6-year-old, this rare, exotic architectural structure was an object of fascination. Not having been close to one before, I studied it closely. I tried sitting on the built in seats. I looked at the curious structure of lacework wood painted white and wondered about it. I never asked about the trellis; I just marveled at all the detail.
Many years later, I became the family historian. It was part of having a big house with attics and a business with storage shelves, with room to put a hundred years in 25 boxes of family photo albums. The albums answered some of the questions the 6-year-old could have about this trellis, who’s it was and why it was built.
The house on Sargent Street was built by my great great grandfather in the 1890’s. He owned a livery stable in the City of Westbrook. He and his wife lived on the first floor of Sargent Street. One of his sons lived on the second floor, another son lived in the house next door. We have various photos of great great grandfather and his wife, and great grandfather Walter and his wife Katherine sitting at the trellis. The last photo was taken in 1910. This was the early history of the architectural artifact the 6-year-old found in the side yard in 1955, and later found in the old photo albums. Why a trellis? In the 1890’s, it was the fashion, a must have decorative detail that went with many fine homes.
Mother said after years of studying religion, “I am a Druid. I believe in nature.” And she meant it, at least the nature part. Out on the farm she had a love of trees, grasses and vines and reveled in nature’s beauty. She loved the subtlety and flow of the seasons, their colors, the smells, the emergence and growth in the spring and the fulfillment of summer with its hot days, blue sky and puffy white clouds with shadows sailing across the fields and hills. She settled comfortably into the coming of fall, burnt umber, tawny yellows and the golds and rust of harvest. Then winter would come with its ice and snow and living on land that could rest again. In Mother’s love of nature and Druid declaration are echoes of the deep Celtic heritage of old Europe.
For many of us of European descent, our great, great-grandmothers and many great-grandfathers of long ago were fierce warriors, skilled craftsmen, artisans of exquisite sensitivity, and the weavers of eternal knot patterns of great beauty and complexity.
If the whisper of your Celtic heritage calls out to you from the mists of time, you should consider our Celtic Ivy Trellis Cuff Bracelet. This is a great bracelet, so popular we make them fifty at a time. It wears well, fits almost everyone. Looks smart with a navy blue blazer.
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