Thursday, July 11, 2019

Luckenbooth Brooch also known as a Shirt or Kerchief (Fichu) Buckle

     I have finally introduced a reproduction brooch that was made after an original 18th century Luckenbooth pin with the crown.  The original was owned by a friend.  She allowed me to borrow it as I needed to take a photo and measure it in order to have it recreated.  It was an honor just to hold it!

Original pin - front and back

     Working with my manufacturer, the final result is stupendous!  The quality is also amazing for a plated piece, and I'm very satisfied with the result.  They is made with rhinestones and measure 1 inch wide by 1-1/2 inches high.

     As many know, I love color.  I went a little overboard on these - but decided to offer a variety (as is my business motto) at reasonable rates.  Creating the traditional silver and clear paste version, I am also offering the same thing in gold - realizing that many like to shake it up a bit and like gold over silver or vice versa.  In the 18th century, they often gold-washed silver which is what we call vermeil today, but then it was a plating (not the same technique we have today).  It can get confusing, but let's just say there is something here to satisfy everyone here.  

Eunice Huntington Devotion, Winthrop Chandler, 1772 in the Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Conn Detail

     You will also notice that I did have some made with a color heart and a clear crown.  I have also seen these in extant examples of originals - and they were worn well into the 19th and 20th centuries - bringing them back now in the 21st to wear for everyday or your living history needs.

     Overall, I had made in silver and gold-plate - clear, amethyst, amethyst/clear crown, garnet, jonquil, montana blue, garnet/clear crown, amethyst, olivine, rose, peridot, and emerald.  

John Murchie by John Durand at The Valentine 1780 detail

     These became available for purchase on 10 July 2019 in my Etsy shop.  Check them out and get one for every outfit!

 Amethyst with clear crown


Jonquil (which is a yellow/green color)



 Garnet with clear crown

     Some of you may be interested in where the name "Luckenbooth" comes from. Well, luckenbooth is a Scots word for a lockable stall or workshop. It comes from the 15th-century luckenbooths of Edinburgh where silversmiths and goldsmiths sold their jewelry and trinkets, situated on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood (sadly the stalls were demolished in 1817). One of the most popular items sold in these shops was what came to be known as the Luckenbooth brooch, a heart with a crown on it. One legend of the original Luckenbooth brooch is that it was a symbol of love and devotion given by Mary Queen of Scots to Lord Darnley which was soon copied by the crafty jewelers of Edinburgh.  The Luckenbooth heart and crown has become a popular symbol in Scotland, both as a love token and to ward off evil and protect the wearer.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Roxton Jewelry Collection

     I'm behind on my blog posts and all of the things happening with the shop.  

     For those who love historical romance and did not see the post by Lucinda Brant on her webpage - she is coming out with new book covers for the Roxton Family Saga!  

     Her article is fascinating!  I often do not have time to sit down and read anymore, and Lucinda also offers these on Audible - an amazing way to listen to her books on my way to the farm.  I was absolutely hooked!  I was able to work with her on the project and was honored to do so.  She was meticulous and wanted every detail correct.  Her research and mine came together in this instant!  Lucinda mentions me and my shop in her article which is very exciting ~

          "Commissioned 18th Century reproduction jewelry.
          As my readers know, my characters’ fabulous 
          clothing is complemented by equally fabulous 
          jewelry. So I commissioned K. Walters At the 
          Sign of the Gray Horse, an 18th Century 
          reproduction jewelry maker extraordinaire, to 
          create the jewelry I describe in the books, from
          Antonia’s emerald and diamond choker, to the 
          Duke’s emerald ducal ring, and Lady Mary’s 
          equipage (chatelaine). It’s all there!

          What is even more exciting, Kimberly will be 
          offering the Roxton Collection of 18th Century 
          jewelry in her Etsy store. All profit from sales go 
          to support the upkeep of Kimberly’s rescue horses. 
          I dare you to resist owning your very own Antonia
          emerald bracelet, or Rory’s pineapple earrings! 
          Stay tuned for the Roxton Jewelry Collection debut!"

Stay tuned!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Giveaway with Faces_n_Style on Instagram!

Dear friends!  

     #faces_n_style on Instagram is having a Vintage Summer Challenge in August I have some amazing news !  Sign of the Gray Horse is a part of the giveaway.  

     I will select my favorite photo for those who enter and tag #GeorgianSummer and am offering an exclusive gift with a Forget Me Not Clear Crystal Collet necklace, earrings (with Gold-Filled Earwires and South Sea Shell Pearls), and matching pendant with black ribbon AND ! an exclusive Martha Washington pearl dove brooch in gold to match the parure.

     Check with our pages to see when it ends so be sure to get your photos uploaded and tagged.

Please follow #signofthegrayhorse on Instagram and tag me in your posts.

All Proceeds go to my rescued and adopted Colonial Williamsburg Horses which are very much loved !

Photos below are of clients.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Marquis de Lafayette riding my Nelson in Colonial Williamsburg

     Mark Schneider rides Nelson beautifully at a canter, and jumps him in Colonial Williamsburg a few years ago.  The video was posted in 2017, but it was well before that as Nelson came to me in November of 2014.  A really great team!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Saint Louis Opera Theater - Marriage of Figaro

     I am honored to have the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis purchase from my shop!  The best part is receiving photos of my jewelry on others.  In this case, the Countess (Susannah Biller Kness) is wearing custom earrings that I made to go with the Duchessa collet necklaces from my shop.   

     "Life at court is about to get complicated.  The maid, Susanna, is determined to wed her fiance, Figaro, while the Count is equally determined to add her to his list of conquests.  But Susanna and Figaro won't allow one self-entitled nobleman to ruin their happy ending!  They each hatch their own plots to teach their master a lesson.  What follows is a whirlwind day of romantic intrigue, cunning schemes, and uproarious fun.  One of Mozart's most beloved masterpieces, The Marriage of Figaro, reminds us all that love will always prevail, and forgiveness is always within reach."

Stunning set! 

The impostor, Susanna, disguised as the Countess

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Maryland 2019

     I was asked again to set up at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival to talk about historic foodways.  I was able to show off some of my more unusual hearth cooking equipment, offer my A Book of Cookery, by a Lady!  It was a really nice day, not too hot, and I had a great time set up next to His Majesty's Marines.  

Ready for the day! 

A selfie in front of my table

Lots of interesting things to see here! 

Wearing my new jacket by Sycamore Spring Clothiers with a petticoat 
made by The Silly Sisters 

Early American Life Directory, books handbound 

Still Life of my table - original and reproduction equipment, utensils, a very well used deep dish frying pan, and my book!