Donna @ The Ribboned Crown
has the most charming Tartan Hare,
so last year I asked if perhaps
he had some tartan eggs to spare.
Yes, please ~
Tartan eggs in my basket!
A fruitful year of
hopping down the Tartan Trail,
and now I, too, have a basket of beautiful tartan eggs.
Victorian ladies skilled with needle and thread
spent many an hour engaged in the art of needlework,
so it's no surprise that many items were marketed
with the art of needlework in mind.
Both a collector and a stitcher since childhood,
one can only imagine my delight with a few tartan eggs,
little sewing treasures from the Victorian era.
They open to hold a spool of thread,
a thimble, and a needle.
One of the eggs also has a little surprise ~
a coin tucked up in the point of the egg.
It's definitely nestled in as if
it were original to the egg.
I polished the coin to see if I could make out
the inscription, but it remains a mystery.
I hope a reader will have some information to share.
Is this a real coin or perhaps a commemorative piece?
One of the eggs is
in the Mc Donald tartan.
The other two eggs look very similar.
One is marked Mc Lean, but the other has no mark.
The gold zigzag lines that segment
each egg, are hand painted.
Yes, I'm very pleased with Tartan eggs in my basket!
Wishing all a spring fresh
with good health and happiness!
National Tartan Day ~ April 6, 2015
Click the links below to visit previous Tartan Day posts.
Tartan Day 2011 ~ Tartan Day 2012 ~ Tartan Day 2013
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally