Oh You Pretty Things #2 – Heirlooms

It’s week two of Oh You Pretty Things and Mary is hosting over at Keynko. Thanks to those who linked up their Christmas Presents last week – was a delight to read your posts!

This week the theme is heirlooms. Some heirlooms are valuable, some have priceless sentimental value. We are not a family with masters in the attic, but the second category I can do!

As a family we spent every Saturday night at one set of grandparents or the other. My parents were very lucky indeed to have the ability to head out most Saturday nights and then enjoy big family Sunday lunches cooked by one of my Grandparents the following day.

And we kids were lucky too. Being able to spend time with your grandparents, being mollycoddled and treated is a precious thing indeed. And I loved all mine.

I have special memories of them all – from glacier mints stolen from one Granddad, while the other made us milkshake treats from glass bottles of syrup. A Nan who was wonderful with craft and another who worked in a cake shop. All children should have a Nan who works in a cake shop, she would bring home yesterday’s cakes as a treat for us all, and her tabards smelt of sugar and fresh bread.

All sadly passed now though I was lucky enough to make it to 40 before losing my Grandchild status. The objects I am sharing today have no value other than to me. They are the tiny treasures I chose to keep that remind me of being a child in my grandparents homes.


vintage jewellery box


vintage jewellery box open


This jewellery box was my Nan’s. It only ever contained trinkets and I was allowed to rummage through them – a favourite being a barrel-shaped watch on a gold chain. It had a ballerina once, and I loved to wind the key and watch her spin. She isn’t there anymore, broken by either by my own or one of the other grandchildren’s inquisitive fingers. Β The jewellery box was the thing I chose to keep to remind me of their house as it was such a treasure trove as a child, seeming to emit a golden glow when the lid was lifted. And as well as being packed with treasured memories, I also love the look of it. Cream faded to yellow in places, chipped from use and festooned with roses. Gorgeous.


coronation coach and horses toy

model coronation coach

Teapot infuser


My other set of Grandparents had a side board with sliding glass doors, behind which sat an array of fascinating objects and ornaments. A glass seahorse, china ladies in huge dresses, little metal cars and all manner of ephemera. One of my favourite things to do at their house was take out selected pieces from inside the display cabinet and examine them closely. This tiny teapot shaped infuser and carriage commemorating the Queen’s Coronation were my favourites, and the two things I chose to keep from that very same sideboard when we lost my Granddad last year. The carriage is worn and broken, but holds such fond memories and Syd is fan of taking the teapot down from it’s new home on top of my own sideboard to make tea for teddies.

I caught myself telling Syd not to touch them once. Then remembered the fractures to these much loved things were made by me as a child, and my Grandparents didn’t mind (or if they did I have long forgotten the scolding!). I let him look at them, play with them and tell him stories of when I was small and how wonderful my grandparents were.

Next weeks Oh You Pretty Things is hosted here with me, and I want to see your favourite cups and mugs – maybe there is a mug you were given as a special gift, or a china teacup passed down through the family, or maybe there is just one that sits perfectly in your hand in the mornings, helping you face the day.

Love Miss Cisco XXX

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  1. January 20, 2015 / 10:30 am

    Those memories of Grandparents are so precious aren’t they! My Nanny had a button box and we would spend forever going through and sorting them out, and Granddad always had polo’s he would sneak to us when mum wasn’t looking!
    I love the jewellery box, just beautiful!
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    • January 20, 2015 / 10:33 am

      My Nan had a button box too, I dont know what happened to it – I searched my Grandads house for it last year as would have loved to have kept it! And what is it with Grandads and mints!
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  2. January 20, 2015 / 11:05 am

    I love the jewellery box, it’s such a vintage classic. My gran used to crochet the most horrible throws and bed spreads. She gave me one when I was a student and I’m ashamed to say I “lost” it. Now I wish I had it so much. OK they were truly ugly but they were made with love and now every time I see such a thing I’m reminded me of my gran and wish I had hers as a keepsake! We can be cruel when we’re young!
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  4. January 20, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    It is wonderful looking back on all these trinkets and things we had growing up. There are so many treasures that I remember my parents having, or even my grandparents having, and I wonder where they went to over the years. A number of house moves have meant that things have got lost or damaged along the way I guess.
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  5. January 20, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    Wow that was a major blast from the past. Someone in my family has one of those carriages and I remember looking at it when I was a kid, Flashback x
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  6. January 20, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    What lovely items to inherit and what great memories they must hold. I have my Nan’s engagement ring and although it will never ever fit me, I love having it to look at every now and again and remember her.
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  7. January 20, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    This is so evocative, I can just see you and you cousins / siblings sitting and playing with your grandparents special possessions surrounded by their love. Your grandmother’s jewellery box is beautiful, what a treasure to have on your chest of drawers. I’ll enjoy reading more of this series, and hope to join in too.
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  8. January 20, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Such wonderful things to remember your grandparents by. I have a ring and a bracelet that my Nanna left me. I am very lucky that my other grandparents are still alive and that my children have had the chance to meet them and make memories like this.
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  9. January 21, 2015 / 12:48 am

    Such wonderful treasures to have and keep! I used to have an Christmas ornament of my nanna’s which I loved but it unfortunately got lost in a house move. I really wish we still had it. x
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  10. January 21, 2015 / 7:04 am

    you know what? We have a jewellery box like that but pink flowers! So pretty!
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  11. January 21, 2015 / 9:13 am

    What beautiful treasures, and what lovely memories they hold. I love the jewelry box, it’s just gorgeous
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  12. January 21, 2015 / 9:21 am

    This is so pretty and precious! I love that it’s white and that it’s showing it’s age. I love old jewellery boxes, especially one that it’s been in the family for ages, like yours! I’m sure your daughter will treasure this one too πŸ™‚
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  13. January 21, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Oh this is a lovely series ladies and one I need to join in soon. You might catch me at 1am creeping through your window in my best pants and cape trying to steak that carriage and horses….. FYI
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  14. January 21, 2015 / 10:04 am

    Oh Sonya how lovely and precious they all are.I don’t have any heirlooms at all! I have an old coin that my nan passed down to me but that’s it.I’m not sure I could write much around that really.
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  15. January 22, 2015 / 11:30 am

    I have a sawing box… which is funny as I really don’t do that much sawing but it was my Nan and I love it and treat it as the biggest treasure out there.
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  16. January 22, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    I have some of my grandparents ornaments hidden up in the loft for safe keeping – they really should be on display!
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  17. January 23, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    Heirlooms , its great to have them as keepsakes. I have a lovely watch thats bern passed down and I hope to pass it on to my daughter.
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  18. January 28, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    these are money can’t buy precious things aren’t they! I have an art box my dad passed down to me from when he started a t art collage. I love it x
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