This morning when I was browsing through some favourite blogs, I read this post by Annie of knitsofacto about her beautiful collection of old buttons and it brought to mind a little collection that I aquired a few years ago. Not buttons... but buckles.
I have a friend who dabbles in antiques and collectables and when she found this old box in a collection of trinkets she had been asked to sell on, she thought of me.
Inside, the box is choc full of beautiful shell buckles.
And although I absolutely love them... and maybe one day will use these loose ones from the top, what I really, really love are these little bundles of buckles tied up in parcels of tissue and tied with red thread.
Three or four buckles in each little bundle with an example of what is inside tied to the top of each one. How gorgeous are they! I don't think I will ever bring myself to open them.
I have no idea who they originally belonged to, or what they were destined for, nor how old they may be.
But I do know they are exquisite little things that I will always treasure... and that I'm very lucky to have such thoughtful friends.