What’s Your Favorite Heirloom?

We reached out to the online community to find out what people’s favorite heirloom is and what it means to them. Read about the fantastic heirlooms these four people had to share.

“My mom treasured this teapot set that was purchased by my grandmother at the World’s Fair Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois in 1892.

I remember seeing the teapot set at her house when we would visit her in Pennsylvania. My mom made sure to keep them safe when we moved her to Ohio with us.

I always loved it and I did a “call that” as a joke to my mom. When my husband and I were married, my mom knew she wasn’t doing too well so she gifted it to us so she could see us open it. When my mom passed away, we put a portion of her ashes in the teapot so she will always be with us”

~Suzy Blake, Indiana

“This Wurlitzer piano was purchased by my grandmother in 1964 as a gift for my father when he was five years old.

It was passed along to me in 2008 when my husband and I purchased our first home. Grandma wanted it to stay in the family and was hoping that our future children might take an interest in music.

Our 8-year old daughter has been taking piano lessons for 2.5 years and practices on it almost every day.

This heirloom is a very special piece in our home and it will hopefully continue its way to more generations to come.”

~Kristina Thornton, Ohio

“When my grandmother passed away, I inherited many things. Since I was her only granddaughter, I got all of her costume jewelry, her first pair of glasses and her wedding cake topper. She was from the generation of people who never threw anything out.

One of the things I received was two large cardboard boxes full of sheet music; mostly old piano sheet music and hymnals. The oldest hymnal in the box was from the 1890s so we believe these could’ve belonged to my great grandmother.

Many of these old hymnals and sheets of music were falling apart. I sorted through these boxes and put everything that looked savable into one box and the rest that were beyond hope were put into the other box to use later. These had obviously been important to my grandma and I couldn’t imagine throwing out those old and disintegrating hymnals.

One of the items in the second box was an old hymnal book that was printed in 1915. It was missing its cover and many pages. I took pages from that old hymnal and cut out crosses from black paper to put on top of them and then framed them. I gave one to each family member and then moved on to trying silhouettes of angels and fancy ladies in historic clothing. It’s been a fun project and I’m sure I’ll have enough left for many more projects. I think my grandma would have been happy to know they were put to a good use.”

~Jennifer Bishop, Ohio

“I have my grandpa’s old fishing pole and tackle box. He always used, and, as far as I can remember, had this fishing pole. It was the best in his eyes. It was a must to have a Zebco Rhino 33 reel.

I have many memories of many trips to the lake with him during summer breaks away from school. He taught me how to tie my hook so I wouldn’t keep losing it (8 twists and feedback through the small loop and snug it up).

He was a firm believer in The Farmers Almanac which would tell him all of the best fishing days.

I had what I call the best kind of fun.

Now, I take my son with me. Of course, I use my grandpa’s fishing pole I sit there gazing across the water and thinking back to the good days I had with him.”

Zach Anderson, Texas

What’s your favorite family heirloom? What’s the story behind it? Tell us about it in the comments!