Heirlooms & Keepsakes ~ Rogie & Logie December 14, 2014Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, People.
I treasure a number of heirlooms and keepsakes from my maternal grandparents and my Great Aunt Edie.
The oldest heirloom is a walking stick carved by my great great grandmother’s suitor.
You can read more about it here: A suitor who just didna suit her.
My grandfather enjoyed travel as well as working in his woodshop . . . where he transformed a tray purchased overseas into a table.
He made matching bedside tables. I have this one and my sister has its fraternal twin.
This rocking chair belonged to Great Aunt Edie. After she died it lived in my parents attic until I requested it ~ painted by dad and re-cushioned by mom.
My grandfather made this jewelry box for my grandmother, inlaid with her initials.
My grandfather’s shaving mirror sits on a shelf in our kitchen.
When my grandparents visited the Middle East in 1965, they brought back this Bible from Jerusalem for Aunt Edie.
Along with a piece of palm from Palm Sunday, carefully preserved inside the front cover.
I wear this turquoise ring given to my great aunt by her sister, my grandmother, in 1918 as they arrived in the states from Scotland.
This pewter tea set sat in my grandmother’s dining room for years until she passed. In time, my mother passed it on to me.
This copper teapot also came from my mother’s family.
This tin coffee pot (from relatives in Vermont) rounds out the set.
My mother had this Scottish pitcher on her hutch until I adopted it.
“Here’s a health to them that’s awa!” ~ Burns
Here’s where it lives.
This two shelf unit may have been made by my grandfather. I remember it hanging on Aunt Edie’s bedroom wall.
Also from Aunt Edie, this wooden letter holder made by my grandfather.
My grandfather’s pewter baby cup brought over from Scotland.
My grandfather loved working with watches and building clock cases. He gave us this coin clock when we got married. My brothers and sister each received one.
My grandfather also made this shelf clock which keeps great time, as long as we change the battery.
As far back as I can remember, Edie had these plates hanging on her wall.
And the other.
And this special Christmas plate that served up Scottish Shortbread.
The painted glass pitchers belonged to my grandmother who may have done the painting herself.
Or maybe she bought them at the Church Bazaar.
My mom’s childhood desk lived with us when we were kids. Later, BFF and I used it as the scoreboard for darts.
Now we use it as a message board in the dining room.
Inside, you can see an antique wooden xylophone. Both the desk and the xylophone may have been made by my grandfather.
My grandfather did make this Tea Caddy hiding behind that Santa.
Here’s a better view.
Mom made this Santa. Aunt Edie made Lulu for mom. I played with her too. Check out the rips and tears . . . Lulu was well loved.
As most keepsakes are.
Aah . . . that’s better!
Related posts: A Family Heirloom (Grannymar)
Next Sunday, I’ll share some treasures and keepsakes from dad’s relatives in Vermont.