Alongside all the personal information about the heirlooms that I photographed, I’ve included a brief history about some of the objects. The majority of the information I got from both of my grandmothers but also online. I couldn’t find information on everything, but every photo still has a personal description. (Final photos are below)
http://www.interweave.com/article/jewelry/cameos-101-history-creation-value-jewelry-plus-dark-haired-cameo/ – The author of this website named Tammy Jones works with jewellery, and she wrote a post about cameos, including the history of them, how they became popular and how they are made.
There is a book called ‘The Portfolio: monographs on artistic subjects by Philip Gilbert Hamerton which includes a section about how cameos are made and what materials are used.
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/came/hd_came.htm – This is another website that talks about the appearances of cameos.
http://www.thecameocollection.com/story-of-cameos/ – The Cameo Collection sell their own cameos and also write about the history and production of them.
My one grandmother owns an antique Davenport desk, which I looked up online to see if I could find anything similar and found an antiques website that sell a variety of different Davenports for different prices. Although I couldn’t find an exact replica, it was interesting to see the differences in prices, from £490 to £2600. http://www.sellingantiques.co.uk/search.asp?q=davenport+desks The desks are rumoured to have been named after someone called Captain Davenport. http://antiquesworld.co.uk/antique-davenport-desk/
http://antique-marks.com/doulton-marks.html – One of my images below shows a china figurine. There are markings on the bottom of her that show approximately when it was made. This website discusses those markings and I found out that this figurine was made around 1902.