Friday, May 16, 2014

The Treasures of 7 Women

When I got married like my Mom, My Mother in law, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and GGGrandmother
you got presents of crystal. Crystal candy dishes, plates, vases, and stem ware.
I have enough to fill my paternal Grandmothers dining room table!
All of this pieces belonged to my Maternal ancestors.
And  I had a dried hydrangea in the cabinet that held them that dropped all over every piece.
My Mom's Holly Fostoria, her crystal pattern

My Narvarre Blue Fostoria

pieces I bought over seas in Scotland

My favorite piece I bought in Austria

But all these pieces represent a memory, a treasure of all of us.

My too numerous to mention pieces of my Grandmothers 
American Fostoria
or the depression candy dish my Mom remembered always had candy in it on their coffee table when they lived in Detroit.

cut crystal glasses belonging to my GGrandmother passed down through the generations.
Who all drank out of them for birthday and holiday gatherings?

Pieces Grandma found important enough to write a note on.
Her 50th anniversary gift or a piece from a favorite Aunt

I cleaned each piece with love and care.
rose bowls and fostoria vases

My waterford, wedding presents

Grandma's delicate Dogwood pitcher

candy dishes, cake plates, creamer and sugar sets

some pieces I am not sure of the age, but know from the design and glass they are old

Finally all put back together in the pecan wood cabinet my sweet 
Mother in law gave to me when she moved.
I knew it would be perfect to display the pieces.
Thanks Anne!

I think 
Grandmother Ruth
Great Grandmother Nina
GGGrandmother Margaret
and maybe
GGGGrandmother Keziah might be happy with where there 
treasures are displayed today.

Mom and I at the London Ritz Tea room

Glad I come from a line of women that appreciate the finer things of life and knew to keep them!


Paulette said...

What a wonderful post and such lovely crystal pieces. The cabinet your mother-in-law gave you is perfect. Lucky you to have all of these treasures from your family.

Roxanne said...

Family heirlooms are the best. They are lovely, and so nicely displayed!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I have always loved to hear your stories of your wonderful treasures
handed down from your family. The crystal is gorgeous and beautifully displayed.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Wonderful treasures, Ann. I love your Blue Fostoria. I don't have the ice teas, just the stemware. They are beautiful!

ann said...

Isn't it wonderful to be so close to your heritage and family traditions, to have the beautiful treasures handed down? My mother's father remarried and the second wife got rid of the previous Mrs.'s treasures and my paternal grandfather did the same. More lost family artifacts. Enjoy.

Susie said...

Love the picture of you and your mom , Ann. The collection of crystal is beautiful. Thank goodness you are a memories keeper. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Just fabulous Ann! What a gorgeous and dmeaningful collection. How wonderful to have multi generational treasures.

Donna said...

What a wonderful collection of crystal pieces you have, Anne! Even better is that so many belonged to your family members. I especially love the blue goblets, they are gorgeous! I have a Fostoria glass cake stand that was given to my parents as a wedding gift. That would have been over 70 years ago, it's one o my very favorite things. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my featured post today!!

Sue McPeak said...

So beautiful...the memories and the glassware. I so enjoyed all the photos and the history of the glassware. It is amazing that you know who what and where about each piece, and the cabinet is perfect for the collection. I hope there is an 8th Woman to treasure this collection as you have.

Curtains in My Tree said...

how wonderful to have all those family treasures

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is an amazing collection! Isn't it satisfying to have it all cleaned up? It's such a big job, but nice when it's done and gleaming. I'm always so impressed by how much your family history embraces you in all the things you can see and touch everyday. You must know how extraordinary it is. So nice to have a visit from you! I hope you're doing well!