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What is the origin or meaning of the photographed ring and pin?

A few notes before I identify it which brings me to my 97% confidence level of my conclusion. Most Czarist Russian Eagles have two heads; not one and similar to other European Eagles. It kind of ...
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Saving guest comment books from funerals, baby namings, anniversaries, etc?

Don't throw out funeral books! They are an important record of other family members, friends, associates, and neighbors -- what Elizabeth Shown Mills has called the family's FAN Club. Studying my ...
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When and why to cite contemporaneous certificates as artifacts?

What is the benefit of using the format for an (in my usage case, privately-held) artifact over the church record certificate format? A good citation tells the reader how to find the relevant source. ...
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What is the origin or meaning of the photographed ring and pin?

My father (and many brothers) were in WWII and he had this exact gold pin in his medal collection. It was an Honorable Discharge pin (the "Ruptured Duck"), meant to be worn on the lapel for all ...
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Saving guest comment books from funerals, baby namings, anniversaries, etc?

My G-Grandmother passed away in 1959. Last year, I tried reaching out to some distant cousins via postal mail and received no reply. This year, I tried reaching out again, also including a copy of ...
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Who was William Chittel (Chettle) of Studley?

It sounds like you and your friend have already made considerable effort in dating the clock. I won't question the expertise of whoever suggested it "dates to about 1635" and was "almost certainly ...
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Who was William Chittel (Chettle) of Studley?

An index to "Clocks Magazine" reports: Chittel, William, of Studley, May 2013 p14 Unfortunately the magazine's website is down at present, but the Google cache of it is available. Scroll down ...
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Identifying date of family prayer book?

From Wikipedia: The Religious Tract Society, founded 1799, 56 Paternoster Row and 65 St. Paul's Chuchyard and 164 Piccadilly ... All three addresses† were printed at one time, for example 1888: ...
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British Farthing, 1658, Thomas Snook, Stalbridg (Stalbridge, Dorset)

Technically it is not a British Farthing but a British Trade Token with an exchage value of a farthing. The Internet Archive at www.archive.org has two volumes of reference books which can be accessed ...
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British Farthing, 1658, Thomas Snook, Stalbridg (Stalbridge, Dorset)

Assisted with input from a friend, I can answer my own question. Wills and admons for Snook of Stalbridge (and the surrounding district) are on ancestry. There is one admon and one will on ancestry ...
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Saving guest comment books from funerals, baby namings, anniversaries, etc?

My daughter pointed out a genuine historical use for saving guest books: She noted that the signatures of one relative at my parent's 50th wedding anniversary guest book, and the same relative's ...
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Identifying date of family prayer book?

I notice that the design on the inside title page is after the Art Nouveau style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who lived from 1868 to 1928. Mackintosh's designs gained in popularity in the decades ...
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