Augusta's Journey

The Stocking in the Valerie

The Stocking in the Valerie

And what is a Valerie? My last blog entry was about Hedda Heijkenskjöld. What I didn’t include was the fact that she owned an exquisite Valerie, or at least, that is what Marie-Louise af Forsell wrote in her diary. Marie-Louise af Forsell’s diary, 16 September 1847 During our absence, the family of Colonel Prytz from Malmö had come to visit. Nycander now wanted us to […]

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19. Hedvig (Hedda) Sophia von Sydow (Heijkenskjöld) – Born out of Wedlock

19. Hedvig (Hedda) Sophia von Sydow (Heijkenskjöld) – Born out of Wedlock

Hedvig Sophia von Sydow was ranked as 19 of the 92 girls who were confirmed in St Jacob’s parish in Stockholm in the spring of 1844. That she made the top 20 list was due to her father, Adolph Peter, being a counsel at the Department of Commerce (Swedish: Kommerseråd). His father, in turn, had been a member of parliament and, although not belonging to […]

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2. Hilda Theophila Lagerheim – a “stiftsjungfru”

2. Hilda Theophila Lagerheim – a “stiftsjungfru”

Little Hilda Theophila Lagerheim was not yet a year old when her name appeared in the daily newspaper in Stockholm. Her name was listed among others – all girls of noble families. The announcement stated that the Board of the House of Nobility on the 2nd of May had accepted the applications of these girls to become maidens of the Vadstena Adliga Jungfrustift. Hilda, still […]

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16. Therese Gustafva Aspegrén and the Cholera Epidemic of 1834

16. Therese Gustafva Aspegrén and the Cholera Epidemic of 1834

Therese Gustafva Aspegrén was ranked as girl number 16 out of the 92 girls in our Augusta’s confirmation class. Like so many of the other girls in her class, she had a father who was a wholesale merchant. Therese Gustafva Aspegrén Therese was born in Katarina parish on 29 January 1828 to Henric Heliodor Aspegrén (b. 21 November 1789) and Gertrud Christina Wihlborg (b. 5 […]

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11. Selma Christina Wretman, Blanch’s Café, and Hamngatan 16

11. Selma Christina Wretman, Blanch’s Café, and Hamngatan 16

Selma Christina Wretman Selma Wretman was ranked as number 11 among the girls who were confirmed in St Jacob’s church in May of 1844 because her father, Fredric Wretman (1791-1857), although not having an important title, was a wholesale merchant with considerable wealth. Selma was born in Maria Magdalena parish on May 16, 1828. Her mother was Charlotta Fredrika Björling (1795-1890) and she had an […]

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