Tuesday, March 17, 2009

AUNTIE EVELYN'S DESK

This is my great-grandfather and step great-grandmother in 1935. My step great-grandmother was known in the family as 'Auntie Evelyn' as she married into the family late in life. I only met her once when I was eight years old, but I was fascinated by her. She was an artist, and I remember her desk being filled with paints, potions, glue, scraps of paper - all kinds of interesting stuff!!
I was 12 when she died, and there was a note on this desk that I was to have it.


My very first antique!! I was in love with anything old from that time on.


I've cherished this desk now for 58 years, and am so glad that Auntie Evelyn and I connected that one time all of those years ago.



The book under the "A Wish for You" book was Auntie Evelyn's "commonplace book". It was a book that she no longer needed for it's original purpose, and she glued clippings of interest, obituaries, recipes, etc. onto the original pages. "Commonplace books" are said to be the precursor to scrapbooking and even blogs.



Thanks for stopping by,
Sally

12 comments:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful desk...and what a treasure! I love sentimental things! ~ Susan

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a wonderful story! I loved reading about this. You must have made a great impression on her the one time you met her! Such a lovely reminder of her for you to have. I can just imagine your excitement, as a young girl, to receive such a treasure. I love it. laurie

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, how special that you received this beautiful desk! You must have made an impression on Auntie Evelyn for her to leave you this desk. Love how you've appointed it, too. Wasn't that such a ladylike way to say it? :)
What a treasure and be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

Happy To Be said...

GM Sally, Oh girl I am loving this desk and how Priceless that your grandma left it to you even more priceless to have a family piece..love the way you have the top all displayed here...Oh and Sally when I find that POT of GOLD girl I will come get you and will do some time time shopping..You can drive ha ha!! May you have a great day dear fiend and thanks for sharing this great story..hugs and smiles Gloria

Raggedy Girl said...

Sally:

This is my favorite blog post for today. Lovely photos and an incredible story. I love the commonplace book. As a scrap booker this really touched my heart. I can fully understand how you love this treasure.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday.
from Roberta Anne

Helen said...

Fascinating post ... how precious that your Auntie wanted you to have this antique ... and how wonderful that you have honored her memory through these years ....

Smilingsal said...

You were loved even though you did not see much of her.

Peggy. said...

Lovely post. The desk is so pretty what a great beginning to your love of all things old.
Peggy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful desk with a wonderful story, Sally!!

Chari said...

Mornin' Sally...

Ohhh my, what a beautiful desk and the story behind it is even more beautiful! I love that it has a mirror at the top of it...that's unique, interesting! I think this is the first desk that I've seen with a mirror! Of course I had to enlarge all of your photos and "drink in" the full beauty! Love your Auntie Evelyn's Commonplace Book...I just love things like that! She sounds like a very special and interesting lady!

I took a peek at your newest little "treasure find" too...that pretty black & white transferware gravy boat...Oooh, great find, my friend!

So glad that you stopped by today and took a peek at my tablescape with my newest little treasure find! You're always so kind with your sweet compliments...thank you, Sweetie!

Have a terrific Thursday, my friend!
Love ya,
Chari

Bo said...

Hi Sally...I'm so glad you posted the story behind this desk because I admired in your header. Like Laurie said, you must have made quite an impression on her that one visit. ;-) Bo

xinex said...

You must have been real special to Aunt Evelyn for her to leave that note and desk. What a treasure!...Christine