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    What are your favourite, sentimental objects in your home?

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    Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:23 pm
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    I wondered ... we all cling to some objects, quite small maybe, or large, or actually ghastly, or kitschy, or maybe even worth a lot of $$$!! icon_biggrin.gif

    What's yours, and will you post a photo and give us the history? Why are you attached to this particular object?
    Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:28 pm Groupie
    Zurie, That is a great question! I have so many things I treasure - then again, I have lived through hurricanes and had to decide what I would save. When faced with hurricane evacuation, I choose only my daughter's portraits and our family pictures, figuring that they were the closest to "irreplaceable" I had. Luckily, my house has been bashed by trees and flooded, but I have never lost anything really valuable.

    As for the greatest sentimental value this sofa I think comes closest. It was my great grandmother's then my grandmother's and then my mother's. I had always love this sofa in both my grandmother's house and later my house growing up. When I bought this old Victorian house 8 years ago, my mother said, "You know I have left you your grandmother's Victorian sofa. Do you want it now?" To which I said, "Yes! But what will you do in your living room?" And my mother, much to my surprise, said, "Buy something I like!!! I've always hated that sofa!!!!!!" icon_biggrin.gif Jewel
    We still have a good laugh about the sofa!
    Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:25 pm
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    Wonderful question Zurie! I've been sitting here trying to think of what I have that would be my favorite object.

    I think one of my favorites is my mantle clock that belonged to my grandmother. It's nothing fancy, in fact it's very plain, and probably only about 60 years old, but I can still picture her very carefully winding it up each week.

    Here it is on my mantle.

    Jewel, I love your sofa. Is that the original upholstery on it? For years I wanted a set like that and finally bought one when we remodeled our living room. My sofa had been recovered when I bought it, but it still has the original horsehair stuffing in it.

    Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:35 pm Groupie
    It was recovered at some point by my grandmother, but she used the closest match she could to the original. The stuffing is the original horsehair though. Love seeing your sofa too!

    Really love your mantle and the mantle clock!!!!
    Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:35 am
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    Wow, those sofas are beautiful!! CarolinaJewel, I suppose verrry few of those originals are still around. I love the warm reds you used in that room.

    I hope I see more posts: it's such a lovely peek into your lives! icon_wink.gif
    Kim D.
    Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:08 pm Groupie
    I have a lot of objects around my house that are sentimental.

    Two things that I have pictures of are:

    1.) My grandmother's tea cart. She loved this tea cart and when she passed away I was lucky enough to get it. It sits in my dinning room and everytime I see it I think of my grandmother.

    2.) The mirror (pic below) belonged to my MIL. I never knew my MIL because she passed away when my DH was only 19 yrs old. He said she loved this mirror, and it is one of just a few things DH has that belonged to her.

    3.) My Christmas Elf. icon_lol.gif My parents got this elf the year they got married. It was next to the tree every year from the year I was born up until about 8 years ago when I took him home to live with me. Now I put him either next to my tree on a little ladder that my grandpa made or next to the fireplace. His lantern lights up and it still works. The elf has to be at least 40+ years old.

    Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:18 am
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    Kim!! So interesting, but I only see 2 red blocks instead of the mirror and the elf!!

    Dreamgoddess, you have (Victorian?) porcelain on your mantelpiece which looks quite antique to me, and I am particularly intrigued by the jug (?) below left of the fireplace. It looks very valuable to me. Beautiful!!

    I'll also try and photograph a few sentimental objects. At this moment it is so deeply overcast (early morning still) that I'll have to see if the sun comes out. I dislike using a flash, as it often reflects in whatever I want to photograph.
    Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:39 am Groupie
    Kim, I love the tea cart! But I also see red boxes instead of the other pictures. icon_sad.gif I'll check back later and maybe it will be fixed. icon_biggrin.gif Jewel
    Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:34 pm
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    Zurie, the Victorian ewer is another of my favorite pieces. The body is handpainted porcelain and was used purely for decorative purposes. You could typically find a matching pair of them decorating a mantle.

    Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:36 pm
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    Kim, you have a lovely dining room and I can see why you treasure the tea cart. It's beautiful!

    I'm only seeing red boxes on the other photos also.
    Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:01 pm
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    Dreamgoddess, that Victorian ewer is to die for!!
    Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:52 pm
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    This davenport/writing desk belonged to my late MIL. My sentimental soft spot comes from the fact that, when I walked into the lounge of my future in-laws in Johannesburg, a few lovely objects caught my eye. I was so impressed: my parents did not have the money for antiques!

    One was this little number, on which there was always some thick old book. On one side all the little drawers open, and on the opposite the similar "drawers" are mere dummies.

    On top, which I will show, is my own maternal granny's photo album: the lid so thick I am not sure of what it was made.

    This old album should go to a museum somewhere -- it is so typical of the Victorian/Edwardian age.

    This rather nondescript candleholder has an amusing significance for us. Yes, what you see is verdigris: we live on the sea, in the salty air, and it's useless to try and keep polishing bronze, copper and silver objects! I've decided to give up and let it go green, if it so wishes!!

    My dear late father-in-law was a real globe-trotter. Once, in Paris, he came upon the demolition of a small Catholic church, and somehow got hold of two of these high candle-holders. All the way on airplanes, and back to South Africa, he carried these as "hand baggage" along with all his other hand baggage!! One of me, and one for my sister-in-law!!

    The two together would have been better, but I'll always appreciate his unselfish gesture!!

    You would have seen this type of photograph! In my gran's day photographs were special! To be treasured! This is what the inside pages look like. Unfortunately Gran seldom noted down who the people were, and I suppose it doesn't matter any more. I spoiled these with writing down who they were when my mom identified them. They are my maternal great-grandparents on both sides -- Mom's mother's and father's parents.

    Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:31 am
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    Zurie, I love your davenport and the photo album is gorgeous. It has such fabulous coloring and artwork. What a wonderful treasure! From the looks of the cover, I wonder if the album is celluloid.

    I wish that I had old family photos like that. Which reminds me...let me tell you what I did one time when I was much younger. I had found a photo of my grandfather at my aunt's house. He looked to be about maybe 18-20 years old, a very early 1900's photograph. I borrowed it and was going to have a reprint was a very small photo, so I stuck it in the pocket of my pants. Unfortunately I got busy when I got home and the photo slipped my mind...until I pulled the shredded photo out of the machine when I washed the pants. I felt absolutely sick when I saw it, but there was nothing I could do except sit down and cry. icon_cry.gif
    Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:45 am Groupie
    My Dad passed away when I was a teenage and this is one of the things I chose that him and his wife collected.



    This clock is over a hundred years old my husband's great grandfather brought it with him from Germany. It was given to my husband grandfather when he married. The clock was then given to my husband when his grandfather passed away.


    Secret Agent
    Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:51 am Groupie
    Some of my favorite and sentimental objects in my home are my youngest grandson's sock monkey and a craft project his brother made for me, my ginormous bread board my son in law made for me, a bookmark my niece made me when she was 7 yrs old, my grandmothers wooden spoon which was used as a kid whacker (if she could catch us) and all the family recipes from my great grandmother, grandmother, mother, step mother, mother in law, and aunts in their own handwriting. The antiques don't mean anything in comparison to these few items.

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