Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vintage Embroidery

If you follow my blog you know when I mention 1515, it is my Grandparents house that I purchased last year. When ever we have out monthly cousin get together, someone is always bringing a treasurer and saying " it needs to be back at 1515".

Recently my cousin brought a beautiful large framed embroidery done by my Great Great Grandmother Mary. It always hung in my Aunts dining room, a place of honor. The piece was done prior to 1860, hard to believe before the Civil War. I am sure it has always been a very treasured piece. My Great Great Grandmother died at an early age, leaving my 7 yr old Great Grandmother Catherine. I am sure every time she looked at this piece she thought of her dearly departed mother. She passed the piece on to her daughter, (my grandmother) Mary. Then it went to my Aunt Catherine and then to her daughter you see a Mary Catherine Mary pattern here!

Here is Catherine my Great Grandmother on her wedding day December 25, 1883

Newlyweds James and Catherine Wilson Galbreath

The piece hanging on the Dining Room wall at 1515

Note written by my Great Grandmother regarding piece done by her Mother

To me it is hard to believe this piece in 150 years old and is hanging at 1515 for all to treasure. Thanks to my cousin Mary, and my family before her for preserving a piece of our family history.


Jocelyn said...

What a very sweet family treasure. So glad that it is back at 1515 :-)


Chrissie said...

What a special family treasure! Thanks for sharing the story~

Rika said...

What a fantastic family treasure,
love the wedding picture too!

Coloradolady said...

Oh, my. What an amazing treasure!!! People just don't take the time to write things down today like they did back then, but when the writing stays with the item, that makes it so much more special! Happy VTT!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Love both things, but that photo is wonderful. I love looking at their clothes. Great! Notice, I think the backdrop is a painting?

Postcardy said...

What an interesting family piece to have!

LV said...

Thank goodness you still have family that help you get the history behind family treasures. I failed to do that. These are some of the best vintage things shared in a while. Enjoyed the history behind them.

gail said...

few can say they have such a wonderful heirloom.
a treasure to be sure.

Paulette said...

Such a pretty, well-done piece! Nice that it's displayed like that for all to see and enjoy. Thanks for sharing a little bit of family history with your vintage embroidery today!

Rebecca said...

I love getting family pieces that belong back in a house-it's the most wonderful feeling!

Tete said...

Oh dear Ann, I thought I left a comment on here! Bad me! I love all of your items and all the stories that go along with them. You are such a wonderful keeper of tales and the family historian. You will be the one to be treasured in a 100 years from now.
My husband worked with a Bob Galbreath at Bruning for many years. Are you related to him?
Just wondering...I am sure you and I have ran into each other some where, some time.
Have a great weekend!
Hugs- Tete

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is amazing. What a beautiful piece. I love that your family all seem to have an appreciation of your past.