According to family tradition, this locket contains part of the caul (the membrane enclosing the foetus before birth) that John Monson was born with in 1597. This was considered to be lucky, especially as a protection against drowning. . It seems likely that this locket was given to John Monson as a keepsake after his birth.

According to family tradition, this locket contains part of the caul (the membrane enclosing the foetus before birth) that John Monson was born with in 1597. This was considered to be lucky, especially as a protection against drowning. . It seems likely that this locket was given to John Monson as a keepsake after his birth.

Regency Seed Pearl Mourning Gold Locket with Lover's eye miniature, woven hair, and initials.

Regency Seed Pearl Mourning Gold Locket with Lover's eye miniature, woven hair, and initials.

Cephalotribe; obstetric tool, Geneva, Switzerland, 1750-1850  Credits: Science Museum London    ONLY used as a last resort after a fetus is dead in an attempt to save the mother.

Cephalotribe; obstetric tool, Geneva, Switzerland, 1750-1850 Credits: Science Museum London ONLY used as a last resort after a fetus is dead in an attempt to save the mother.

Allegory of Pneuma or Divine Breath (second half of the eighteenth century). Anon. (New Spain)

Allegory of Pneuma or Divine Breath (second half of the eighteenth century). Anon. (New Spain)

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