100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

Novem­ber 25, 1916

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

THE other day I was vis­it­ing an old farm­house in North Wales, and among other quaint and cu­ri­ous things I ob­served an old oak cup­board sunk into the wall. Upon the door of this cup­board a heart was marked con­sist­ing of small holes bored through the wood. At the base of the heart were more holes, form­ing a di­a­mond shape. I was told that some time ago at a be­trothal party each guest was asked to bore a hole. The few holes made be­low the heart were to rep­re­sent heart’s blood. These were made some time af­ter­wards, and show that one of the betrothed pair died be­fore mar­riage.—ethel Walm­s­ley

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