I never met Aunt Harriet, nor did I have a clear idea about her exact relationship to our family, but her name became familiar over the years in connection with various treasures. I learned that she traveled widely and brought home unique items. My favorites include an embroidered Russian peasant shirt (which I once wore in a dance performance) and an unusual necklace with amber beads (which I still wear on occasion). I also associate her with these Wedgwood plates of "Ivanhoe" design. We read Ivanhoe in the Danvers schools and could recognize the names of the characters on the china: Lady Rowena, Friar Tuck, the Black Knight, the Templar and Gurth, the swineherd.
In 1957 when my family moved into our larger house and finally had a real diningroom, my mother put Aunt Harriet's china on display in a corner cabinet there. We liked the lovely Wedgwood blue. I think my mother took that color into account as she planned the curtains and wall color for that room.
For today, I'm creating a photo album in memory of Aunt Barlow.