|Two vintage costume brooches, Available at Gillian Horsup|
There are just two full shopping days left before Mother’s Day , which this year falls on Sunday 11th March.
Like many festivities, Mothering Sunday began with a religious purpose.
Always held exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was a originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, or ‘Mother Mary’.
Whilst the tradition evolved throughout the centuries as a general day of thanks and gratitude towards families and mothers, it did not hold a prominent a place on the UK calendar until the after the First World War.
During the war Americans and Canadians began to celebrate Mother's Day, as a way to give thanks to their mothers whilst away at war and send their thoughts back home from the trenches.
This idea was picked up by soldiers from the United Kingdom and across Europe, and the day has been widely celebrated here ever since!
If it's something unique you are looking for this year, check out our handpicked items all available now from the wonderfully eclectic dealers at Grays:
|Chinese Armorial Teapot, Qianlong period. Available at Anita Gray|
|French Silver Plated Fruit Bowl, c1900. Available at AMS Antiques|
|A pair of Chinese 19th Century Teapots. Available at Parsia Antiques and Calligraphy|
|Chinese 19th Century Enamel Trinket Box, available at Parsia Antiques and Calligraphy|
|18ct Gold Ladies Chopard Timepiece, c1980. Available at World Time|
|Mughal Pendant Encrusted with Dimaonds, Rubies and Emeralds. c1850 Available at IQ Antiques|