My mother-in-law brought over a treasure trove the other day. It seems that Darcy’s grandmother, a very glamorous lady who passed away in 2005, owned an extensive international doll archive, collected from her own travels. She willed some of the collection to my daughter, if I ever had one.
I am way too excited about this.
The quality of the dolls, all made in the 50s and 60s as far as I can tell, is remarkable. Some are made of porcelain and all have hand-made costumes, accessories and elaborate head-dresses. Silk threads festoon many of the native, beautiful costumes.
My favorite things I own are family heirlooms, like my grandmother’s cocktail pins and photographs of my mom and dad and grandfather from the 50s and 60s. There’s a black and white photo of my mom standing next to the Mini my parents drove through England on their honeymoon that makes me swoon. She’s wearing a fabulous trench coat, and she looks just like a brunette Julie Christie.
My grandmother collected whimsical salt and pepper shakers and showcased them in a beautiful mahogany and glass display case that I openly ogle every time I visit my parents. I will be scouring the local antique markets and flea markets for a similar unit to house these beautiful figurines in my daughter’s room.
Do you have family heirlooms you keep close to your heart? What are they?