Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories: Grandmama’s Jewelry Hope Chest
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.
My grandfather, Edgar T. McKinley bought this for his wife, Ola Askew, when my mother was about sixteen. He also bought them both Hope Chests; I guess these mini hope chests were popular at the time.
Mama gave me this after I married and it’s sat on my bureau for almost as long as I’ve been married. I love the old fashion photo on the top and I’m always reminded of my grandmother when I look at it.
It’s held many trinkets through the years… always my go-to place when I want something saved. My husband and father-in-law’s dog tags have been hiding in there lately.
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