my family’s past comes home

antique silver tea set

This summer, I finally got to bring the last of my grandmother’s heirlooms home.  My mom found these two awesome china cabinets, and now I finally have a place to put the last of my grandmother’s gifts.  Just like when she gave me her Kitchen Aid mixer, she also gave me some other more delicate pieces.

I am so excited to bring them home, take them out of boxes and display them properly.

Now, I’m not too traditional in style, but I can’t help but love an antique silver tea set.  I haven’t had a chance to clean all of the tarnish and bring it back to its shiny glory, but isn’t that set stunning?  I love the claw feet and the ornate details.

While my sister and other cousins claimed our grandmother’s china, my eyes immediately drifted towards this set of etched yellow crystal.  While a tall glass is missing, this is almost a perfect set of etched yellow crystal with a flower pattern.  I have four tea cups and saucers, four small plates, three tall glasses and a serving plate, ready for my next service of high tea.

I love the flower details and how original this set is. My next girls lunch will be served perfectly on these dishes.

I also got several other items that I love and will cherish for the rest of my life.  And I am so thankful that my grandmother was alive to tell us about each and every piece she gave us.  We would have never known that a pitcher she gave to my cousin Sara belonged to our great-great grandmother or that the set of champagne glasses I received were from my aunt Sharon’s sweet 16 celebration.

What is your favorite antique kitchen item – china or silver or serving ware?  What is its story?

6 thoughts on “my family’s past comes home

  1. I love the etched yellow crystal! It’s beautiful, and I can’t wait to see it in person. I have some of my grandmother’s china in storage for when I grow up (which is now, I guess?) and my favorite heirloom is probably the antique writing desk from the farm house that sits in my living room. Love.

  2. You’re very fortunate to have cherished family heirlooms. China, crystal and silver all get high marks. Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

  3. Amanda this is such a nice post. I’m working on a series about using heirlooms to trigger memories and record family stories. Can I interview you for it? Your note about being grateful your grandmother could tell you about each piece really struck a chord. All my contact info is at

  4. Hi All. So over the last few months, and thanks to Tourism Oxford and Kirsten at Tangible Good – I did discover that my beloved Yellow set is Depression Glass not crystal. So exciting to know what I have. Actually for Christmas – My mom helped me get several more pieces to finish the set. I absolutely love them.

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