My dad got the revolving bookcase from his parents, who had inherited it from my great grandfather Ernest, who had bought it from a local minister. The bookcase is still fully functional and holds a variety of books in a corner of the guest bedroom. It is stamped "Danner's Revolving Book Case" and "1877," and Country Living estimates a very similar one to be worth over $1,000.
While that amount of money impresses me, I could never imagine my dad (or me, some day) parting with the bookcase. It's beautiful and well built and, moreover, has the value of family history.
What piece of heirloom furniture has special meaning for you?
Image: Kim Rinehimer