Wallet, 1895

Scope and Content

Maroon leather wallet with silver clasp, engraved D.C. Dora's name and address written in ink inside the cover and dated 1895 (aged 9). Front and back compartments, and four concertinaed inner compartments. Contents have been removed in order to package appropriately for preservation; original order as follows from front to back. Front pocket: green halfpenny stamp, 1925 farthing, 189? halfpenny. First inner pocket: Small note folded to look like a tiny envelope. Sent from Hendon, NW4 and addressed to 'Mrs Collingwood', dated 21 Dec 1923. Second inner pocket: embroidered name tag 'U. M. Luard-Selby' [Ursula Collingwood (1891-1964)] and telegraph sent from Aleppo to 'Collingwood' in Coniston on '12 Ju 1926', 'a nice girl' (possibly after the birth of Philippa). Third inner pocket: notes for a church service? Refers to Bede on the baptism of Edwin of Northumbria in 627, then notes on a version of psalm 24, with exchanges between the choir and an archbishop. Fourth inner pocket: newspaper article titled 'music as an anaesthetic', on a report of patient undergoing a pain-free eye operation without anaesthetic, while a violinist played Rubini. Back pocket: Black thread, a hairpin. Two cigarette cards: 'from Titty for Auntie Ursula' and 'from Perouse for Granny'. Letter from Ursula Collingwood to her mother Edith, shortly after giving birth to Philippa.