Welcome! Today is a special day. Grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea and get all cozy in your favorite comfy spot and enjoy reading this story as well as other bloggers in this blog hop! At the end of this post just click on the other blogs! I want to start off by sharing the story of my vintage trunk:
We all have favorite furniture or pictures or little trinkets around our house that no matter what the season or the holiday they do not get put away. Maybe we move them around the house, but we would never think about replacing them or packing them away.
Mine is my vintage trunk.
I want to show you how beautiful it is first and then I want to share it’s beautiful history.
No matter how I decorate it or what room I move it to, it makes me smile.
I have had it in my family room
It even looks pretty when I have styled it with “modern” touches.
I have never removed this from my home, but it sure has moved around. Here it is in front of the fireplace, a favorite coffee spot in the winter. Warm & cozy.
During the summer I move it on to my porch. My favorite coffee spot in the summer.
Today, I have it in my sitting room.
My favorite vintage pieces are those that have been untouched. They aren’t refinished or repainted, they are just a bit weathered from the years. Look at all the markings. “C.G. & J. L. Christmas 1825”
Did you notice the markings above? 25 slashes!
The letters and numbers are so beautifully painted.
I love, love, love untouched aged wood…
and now the “story”…
THE HISTORY OF THE 1825 TRUNK
Cal Garfield met Jane Lacey in the summer of 1823 while they were both at a symphony preformed at the newly constructed Royal Academy of Music. Jane was a student of piano and trumpet. She was at the event with her music instructor. Cal was actually first chair trumpet that day and he noticed her in the crowd when he stood to bow after his solo.
The story of how he was introduced to her was so very romantic. They courted for two years and were finally married during the summer of 1825. One of their wedding gifts was this trunk. It was filled with Christmas ornaments and decorations for the first Christmas they would celebrate in their new home in Exeter. They built a music studio downtown and lived above it. Cal and Jane gave music lessons to the local children and their own 4 children, for over 50 years. The house still stands on West Street in Exeter today.
The trumpet on the trunk belonged to Cal and the typewriter belonged to Jane. I can just imagine the music he wrote for her and the love letters typed! The books were ones that they read to their 4 children.
This is actually just some historical fiction (from yours truly)!
I imagined it many years ago when I was given this trunk. I think that is one of the reasons I love “vintage finds” so very much!
I love imagining where they came from and who owned them and the “story” behind it.
I would love to hear if you have something in your home that always stays out no matter the season or the holiday. Comment below!
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