I found this on Etsy, and with my love of everything Edwardian together with the good price and story behind it, I pounced. The shop owner, Gerry, was really quick to reply to my questions and is lovely to deal with. I also found a gorgeous wooden pencil case on his shop which I fell in love with as well, though that one did not jump into my basket (which I am regretting now!).
All the things in shops like these are virtually one of a kind because the chances of you finding another one so many years after they were produced are slim.
A review on the book will be posted as soon as I get it.
This is one of my favourite finds this year!
In 1925, a young woman set out alone for an adventurous railway journey accross Europe. She got as far as London before one of her bags went missing!
In the late 1950s, the Railway Company had a clearout of its lost property department & a very surprised lady was contacted about a missing portmanteau! She still lived at the same address, inherited from her parents & the next day her bag was returned, dusty but fully intact!
This wonderful notebook was intended to be a travel journal but is still in Virgin condition without a single pencil mark!
100s of fine ruled pages just begging to be filled with places, people & exotic adventures!
The inner front cover bears the retailers lable of Barford & Newitt, Printers & Stationers of Queen Street, Wolverhampton.
It shows a little exterior surface wear from 90+ years of storage, but the pages are clean, unfoxed & waiting for you to bring them to life!
172mm x 110mm x 26mm thick.
The perfect Gap Year gift, Edwardian costume accessory or to take on your travels to record your deepest thoughts & memories!
Post script: The lady in question went ahead with her trip! She spent 6 months travelling in Europe, worked as a Ladies Companion in Rome for a year & married a Scots engineer working in Egypt! They returned to live in England in 1932.
I got the story from the lady’s granddaughter, from whom I bought the book & several other items.
I listed it as Edwardian after comparing it to several used ones I saw at an antiques fair.
I was told it was bought before WW1 but not packed for travel until 1925 when the lady took her grand tour!
That sort of wooden pencil case was very common when I was a kid in England. When I was at school one of our tasks in woodwork was to make a similar design of pencil case to that with all different joints on the corners. Not sure what happened to mine.
But something I do still have that I made is a small table top book stand/case I made. It’s a little rough around the edges, but I’m not tempted to sort it out at all… it is staying as it is!