What’s Your Most Cherished Family Heirloom “Score”?

What’s Your Most Cherished Family Heirloom “Score”?

Susie Nadler
Mar 6, 2009

Out of all my sixteen cousins, I was lucky enough to end up with my grandma's Art Deco cedar chest. Someone gave it to her as an engagement gift in 1942. My mother says if she ever wanted a moment alone with my grandma growing up (not so easy with seven siblings running around), she'd perch on that cedar chest while Gram was making the bed. Needless to say, I'm thrilled to have it in my home. I'm not exactly sure how my mother scored it for me (maybe something to do with her willingness to haul it out here from Chicago in a U-Haul), but I won't tempt fate by asking questions. Except this one: What's the family heirloom you feel lucky to have? Click through to share your answer...

As you can see, my grandmother never removed the amazing old tags from inside the chest. The trays still slide out smoothly, thanks no doubt to her meticulous oiling of the hinges over the years. And the heady, spicy cedar smell is still incredibly strong; every time I open it, I think of my grandparents' house, where all the blankets and pillows smelled like that.

Is there a cherished family heirloom that, by some trick of fate or resourcefulness, ended up in your home? Please share!

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