"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, November 01, 2010

Oh So Pretty!

Gr-gr Grandma Minni's parlor lamp .. waiting for a good dusting!
It finally arrived!  My heirloom parlor lamp.  It's been years of patient waiting .. trying to figure out how to ship it safely from St. Louis to North Idaho without breakage.  Great-great grandma's lamp is finally resting in safety atop my dresser.  Although my dad claimed it to be from the Civil War era, from a bit of research (on-line) last night, I peg it from the 1880's to about 1901.  Thank you, my friend and neighbor (Cathy K) for bringing this heirloom home to roost!

The lamp is painted with chrysanthemums.  Funny .. not remembering what floral pattern was on the lamp nor the color scheme .. I'd say my bedroom was designed with it in mind.  We even have chrysanthemums on the bathroom curtains and upholstered dressing stool.   Please, Lord, don't let my family members be the ones to break it ... AMEN!


Sandy said...

This lamp is really beautiful
and something to cherish. I'd
be on pins and needles with
my three guys around something
like that though. Hopefully you
can keep it in one lovely piece.

Maggie Ann said...

What a treasure! And to have it fit right in is something special. I've often brought things home that just wouldn't 'work'.

Felisol said...

Amen. Such a beautiful heirloom deserves to be passed on to future generations.
Such a priceless thing to have.

Anonymous said...

A worthy prayer! One exists in our family, too - a cousin has and I choose not to be envious. So long as it is in the family.

Consider this: take-out the cloth under it if the cloth drapes the sides - easier to pull-off. Also, if it placed in a high traffic area....a corner table might be safer.

Exquisitely lovely and priceless for its provenance. Barbara

Amrita said...

Such a capital peice of family heirloom. Its gorgeous.

Mrs. Mac said...

Thank you, Barbara, for the safety tips! I'm switching the dresser scarf today :)

Cindy said...

That is beautiful but all the more so because it is a family heirloom. My grandma had one similar to it with a rose design. I'm not sure who ended up with it.

Jada's Gigi said...

It truly is a treasure!! I am so glad it arrived safely! I will also be praying that your family members are not the ones to break it...yikes!

Pat said...

What a treasure. I could take it off your hands....just to keep it safe!

Trish said...

I know that each time you enter that room, you are awed by not just
it's beauty but by the memories that wash over you...It is priceless.

Crown of Beauty said...

Such a lovely heirloom. I can imagine how it fits in beautifully with the rest of your bedroom...

Have not been visiting many blogs these past weeks...but dear Cathy you are always in my heart.

I saw the pictures of the scarf sisters reunion. Such a lovely time you all had!