The Memoirs of the Baroness Cecile de Courtot: Lady-In-Waiting to the Princess de Lamballe, Princess of Savoy-Carignan

The Memoirs of the Baroness Cecile de Courtot: Lady-In-Waiting to the Princess de Lamballe, Princess of Savoy-Carignan

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The Memoirs of the Baroness Cecile de Courtot: Lady-In-Waiting to the Princess de Lamballe, Princess of Savoy-Carignan

The Memoirs of the Baroness Cecile de Courtot: Lady-In-Waiting to the Princess de Lamballe, Princess of Savoy-Carignan

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In an attic of my father's house in the neighbourhood of Halberstadt there stood, among other out-of-date and disused furniture, an ancient carved oak chest. It had belonged to my mother's grandmother, and on its lid was carved the name:

Sophie Hedwig von Alvensleben, verwittwete [widowed] von Bülow-Gross-Schwechten, geb. [née] von Rauchhaupt auf Hohenthurm u. Landin. 1692.

That was the mother of my great-grandfather; the oak chest might therefore well command our veneration as a family heirloom.

On the rare occasions when we children were permitted a peep into this chest, there was no end to our wonder and delight; for the spirit of a strange and by-gone world seemed to breathe from it and the marvellous things that lay therein. It was a very reliquary in our childish eyes.

Then very carefully with those dear slender hands of hers our mother would lift the things out one by one--curiously fashioned gowns trimmed with real old point, dainty little ivory fans, potpourri boxes and reticules, embroidered Pompadour bags with their varied store of tiny scissors, tabatières . . .

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