When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, they often become items tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and record your memories so the family treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.
Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories
Grandmama McKinley’s Vase
I always remember this vase in our home and not until I married did I question it. It’s a clear pressed glass vase, about 14 inches tall with a scalloped lip. There’s no marking on it and when it sits, it’s slightly off center. Mama tells me that her mother always had it and that her she had won it in school, so maybe it was an award for something, but that we will never know for sure. I also vaguely remember mama telling me that grandmama won it in a spelling bee in school; that could very well be true as she did read and write well.
The vase sat in this very corner cabinet in the dining room for many years… grandmama always kept her favorite things put up that she wanted to save. Mama never understood that as a child, as she often took things given to her and put them up also… while mama wanted to play with them; because she kept it in the corner cabinet – is why I have it today. Whenever I look at it, I immediately think of her, and just like grandmama I also keep it in my china cabinet.
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