Go to the Foundling Museum in London! "You have my heart Tho wee must Part" Nat.(born) Sept Token left by a mother forced by poverty to give up her child. The poignant but fascinating collection at the Foundling Museum.
A mid-eighteenth-century foundling token, a ring with a heart-shaped stone, small padlock and key attached at either side (only just visible in this image); Latin engraving on the interior of the band ('He who neglects me loses me')
Threads of Feeling - beautiful. Shown at The Foundling Museum in London. Swatches of fabric taken from clothing of babies abandoned at the Foundling hospital as a means of identification, incase the parents ever returned.
from the Foundling Museum: London -- mother's who were desperately poor and in terrible circumstances gave up their babies, they hoped one day to be reunited with, and left a token, fabric or a button in order to recognise them.