Heirlooms and Hand-Me-Downs

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    Sep 29, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    Do any of you guys have family heirlooms or stuff that your father, mother, or anyone else in your family passed down to you? If so, what? How long have they been in your family? Any particularly interesting stories behind them?

    My dad has given me a few of his old military jackets from his time in Navy. It's pretty crazy how similarly built he and I were at about the same age. They fit very nicely. icon_eek.gif

    Edit: Changed some spelling to appease our grammar Nazi overlords...and old guys. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 29, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    wildtype87 saidDo any of you guys have family heirlooms or stuff that your father, mother, or anyone else in your family passed down to you? If so, what? How long have they been in your family? Any particularly interesting stories behind them?

    My dad has given me a few of his old military jackets from his time in Navy. It's pretty crazy how similarly built he and I were at about the same age. They fit very nicely. icon_eek.gif

    Hammy downs??
    Do you mean 'hand-me-downs'?


    Yea, but there's a million ways to spell it. I prefer the childish way icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 29, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    Maternal grandparents' ceramic coffee-and-tea set...Copy of my paternal grandfather's Ellis Island ship record of coming to America in 1902.

    Great question, guy!
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    Sep 29, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    am i the only person that realized you spelled it "hammy downs" on purpose? icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 29, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    My first name is both an heirloom and a hand-me-down.

    My great-grandmother (dad's mom's mom) was given a clock made in Germany from her mother that was supposedly brought over with the first of my family (from that outlet). When she passed, there were so many family members wanting things, that they had to do a raffle...since that's the only christian thing to do...and my dad actually won it. My uncle got her old breakfast table...I was kinda jealous cus I had some of the fondest memories of not only my great-grandmother, but my grandmother, parents, and other family members at that breakfast table...

    I know some people will think this is strange, but my grandmother (dad's mom, again) gave all of her kids a framed copy of the paper that showed where one of my great grandfather's from my dad's dad's side went and joined up with the confederate army...and guess who the witness was...the slave that rode him up there. My dad was like "I'm gonna leave you this in the will son." I said "Pass."



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    Sep 29, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Anduru saidam i the only person that realized you spelled it "hammy downs" on purpose? icon_neutral.gif


    maybe, lol. i'll change it, sheesh
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    Sep 29, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
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    wildtype87 saidDo any of you guys have family heirlooms or stuff that your father, mother, or anyone else in your family passed down to you? If so, what? How long have they been in your family? Any particularly interesting stories behind them?

    My dad has given me a few of his old military jackets from his time in Navy. It's pretty crazy how similarly built he and I were at about the same age. They fit very nicely. icon_eek.gif

    Hammy downs??
    Do you mean 'hand-me-downs'?


    I think so;
    yet, for some reason I thought of a crispy ham shank dinner, a la thanksgiving style.

    I think hand-me-downs can be very cool. We have a sextant from my great-uncle Percy. It dates back to the mid-1800s.

    -Doug

    A little like this, but put together as one piece:

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    Sep 29, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    way too much ugly china. a few antique pieces, some i sold.. No money...just 'stuff'.
    Posessions dont necessarily make memories...they just collect dust. unless its worth cash, i dont want anyone elses shit... 'unless its worth big cash'. icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 29, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidMy first name is both an heirloom and a hand-me-down.

    My great-grandmother (dad's mom's mom) was given a clock made in Germany from her mother that was supposedly brought over with the first of my family (from that outlet). When she passed, there were so many family members wanting things, that they had to do a raffle...since that's the only christian thing to do...and my dad actually won it. My uncle got her old breakfast table...I was kinda jealous cus I had some of the fondest memories of not only my great-grandmother, but my grandmother, parents, and other family members at that breakfast table...

    I know some people will think this is strange, but my grandmother (dad's mom, again) gave all of her kids a framed copy of the paper that showed where one of my great grandfather's from my dad's dad's side went and joined up with the confederate army...and guess who the witness was...the slave that rode him up there. My dad was like "I'm gonna leave you this in the will son." I said "Pass."





    Great personal family story. Don't be so quick to 'pass' on the newspaper item. I think it is a wonderful gesture having used newspapers in my own family genealogy research. Some day you will treasure this piece of paper.
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    Sep 29, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    I just remembered, my grandfather (dad's dad) gave my dad a pretty nice Filipino balisong (butterfly knife) with bamboo handles before my dad permanently settled down here in the US. My grandpa tried to show my dad how to use it, but I think my dad cut himself pretty bad once practicing with it and keeps it stashed away. I doubt he'll pass it down to me or my brother due to various knife laws.
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    Sep 29, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    I guess this is the Antiques Roadshow Thread. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 29, 2011 8:07 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI guess this is the Antiques Roadshow Thread. icon_lol.gif


    Wait 'till we get to guessing the value of the items...
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    Sep 29, 2011 11:56 AM GMT
    I have a couple of cool stuff. Namely some vintage clothes my grand dad and dad use to wear from the sixties and seventies!