Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fun Monday - Old

Ari is our host this week, and wonders:

What is the oldest possession in your house or flat? Describe it or show us a picture. Where did it come from? Why do you hang on to it?

I have lots of old things. It took some thinking to come up with my oldest thing, and even so, I'm not sure that these things are the oldest.

When I got married to Darling Man, Aunt Harriet came for the wedding and brought with her a box.

Inside were very delicate teacups that belonged to my great-great grandmother. They are beautiful, luminous. It feels special just looking at them. I have no idea how old they actually are.


I've only used them once - for a wedding shower for my brother Andy's future ex-wife. She didn't really appreciate the shower or the china. I think she'd have rather had a soccer-themed bridal shower.

Most of the time, they live in their box in a cabinet. They are so fragile, I'm afraid something will happen to them. As long as I have a somewhat clumsy boy gallumphing around, they will stay safe in their box.

As to why I hang on to it? It's an heirloom. One of those truly valuable-because-it's-ours kind of things. They may have value outside of sentiment, but I don't know what it is - nor do I care.

13 comments:

Janis said...

They are so beautiful..I would use them Sayre...what good are they in a box..you should be enjoying these pieces. Fix youself a nice cup of tea and sip slowly out of one.

Sandy said...

I'm with Janis. I would make one of these my "all by myself in the tub with a good book and a bunch of bubbles" cup.

Beautiful.

karisma said...

Wow! They don't look old do they? Very nice. I also would use them. I don't believe in keeping "things" just for the sake of it. (Says the lady with a house full of crap right now LOL) Seriuosly I need more than a spring clean! Having said that, none of its mine!

Hugs xxx

karisma said...

PS. Now I can't tell a lie. The two boxes of books near the front door are mine. But they are ready to go! (I ran out of book space! LOL)

TROLL Y2K said...

I have a Tampa Bandits Jersey from 1982 and it FITS.

wendishness said...

They ARE beautiful, and I love how luminous they are. How could anyone not appreciate these?

Pamela said...

pretty enough to hang on your wall -- for decoration!! Indeed!

(Your linky stinkys from Ari's. Fortunately I knew how to get her without it)

cynicalgirl57 said...

Those are lovely! I agree, those should come out and get a bit of love once in awhile.

Ari_1965 said...

What lovely china.

velocibadgergirl said...

Amazing gift! I love that they're not your typical pink roses on white china :D

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

They are STUNNING!!

I have some mismatched, chipped china that belonged to Matthew's biological mother (long story) who died when he was an infant (really long story). I keep in on display in a special cabinet.

I hope my daughter can do the same some day.

Faye said...

Oh now I'm curious. Any markings on the back to give you a clue about who may have manufactured these pieces? Even if not, they're real treasures. I'd be tempted to have tea out of the teacups. And, isn't it funny how people give away their true natures without even trying--SIL?

ChrisB said...

They are really beautiful and I love the colours. It's so difficult trying to preserve things that are precious-I understand why you are reluctant to use them and risk damage.