Friday, August 31, 2012

Favourite - Sentimental Table


This table moved around in the family. It is now at my sister's (here is her post on the table). She has great photos of the table settled in to her home. I am quoting directly from my sister's post:

It’s a small oak table (29″x 29″x 29″) with family history. My father says that it was in the house in Victoria BC that my grandfather bought in 1928 from a former officer in the British army in India. The officer bought the table in India some years before. When my grandfather sold that Victoria house and moved the household goods back to Alberta, the table came with them. My father saw the table on his brother’s ranch, in the chicken house, covered with bird excrement, mildew and cobwebs. Uncle David gave it to my parents, who repaired and re-finished antiques as a hobby. Mom and Dad  cleaned it all up, repainted the decorative pieces with as close a match as they could, and replaced the round shelf underneath. I first remember seeing it in my parents’ home in the early 1970s, when Dad asked for help to replace the goatskin on the top, which had been damaged by a moving crew. I found some soft goatskin, and used the ratty old top as a template.



The table moved with our parents and was in their retirement home until Mom moved into care and Dad got a hospital bed and stuff got seriously rearranged. Dad offered the table to my brother who took it home for quite awhile and then Dad and my brother gave it into my sister's care. That is where it will stay. My part - I took these pictures on my lawn while the table was in transit. Interesting piece, good to have some family history to go with it.

13 comments:

  1. I loved hearing about your table. How wonderful that it will stay in your family, and mostly likely continue to get passed down from generation to generation!... Donna

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  2. I too love family pieces! Interesting table!

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  3. What a great table with an interesting history. I first thought it was Native American with the fringe and beads. Isn't it funny how cultures across the world seem to have the same themes running through their history?

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  4. I love AN-Y-Thing with fringe on it!

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  5. What an amazing piece, Joy! That is a true treasure. I love that it has been passed around in your family, with everyone getting a chance to enjoy it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and for joining in on the party.

    xo
    Claudia

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  6. Joy, Thanks for your sweet comments. It's really nice to meet you.This is quite a restoration on that unusual table. What a great story and history to go with it.What a treasure that must be to you.Have a great weekend!

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  7. Cool Table! Love the story. My Dad made a small library table and its my Mom's favorite thing!
    Blessings, Joanne

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  8. Wow, what a lot of family history in that fascinating table. Thanks for sharing it. And thanks for following me, I'm now following you, too. Hugs ~ Mary

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  9. A mesa é linda e, se posso dizer assim, tem alma, porque carrega muitas histórias. Obrigada por compartilhar!
    Abraços,
    Zilda

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  10. How cool! It's so neat to hear the history of pieces. Have a lovely holiday and thanks for stopping by.

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  11. That is certainly a well travelled table! How lucky for it that it found it's way to your family to become a family heirloom! It's so unusual that it must fascinate everyone who sees it. ~ Maureen

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  12. Joy, such a fun and unusual table, complete with back story! What a history it has and I adore that it has remained in your family and been so lovingly tended and restored.

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  13. What a remarkable table, Joy. And moreso for its fascinating history. How wonderful that it's still in your family after all this time!

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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