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What is an item you've inherited that you most treasure?

I have my late grandmother's 60+ year-old typewriter. It's a small manual that works with a ribbon where you have to hit the keys very hard. She used it for work after my grandfather passed, which was before I was born. This was back in the days before auto-correct and even liquid paper, where if you made a typo you had to start all over again, and my grandmother was a fast and immaculate typist, even well into her 80's. Even though the typewriter still works, I won't use it. But I treasure the connection I have with her, because being a typist (okay, the more recent term, "word processor" ) was my bread-and-butter for many years.

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This little doll. Mom kept her on her dresser.

AmiSue Level 8 Sep 13, 2018
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A 'Can Do' personality that my mother gave me. It is and has been valuable.

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Vintage iron cook set and fine porcelain tea pot of early past century plated with 24kt gold
Tea pot is upraised to $3k

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I haven't inherited much worth keeping. I inherited seven guns from my grandfather, which I sold to a family member to buy my first guitar. So that became my most treasured possession out of anything that I've inherited in a sense. I also inherited a small jewelry case full of old knives and pocket watches and trinkets. Not much in there is worth a lot either, a couple of the knives are collector's items and began my own collection of knives, although I prefer to collect usable tools for their utility than showpieces. I sold the jewelry that I've inherited when in a tight spot, so that helped. None of my family's treasure has ever been anything worth getting too attached to though.

I'm in the process of cleaning out my childhood home, which will be the only thing worth a shit that I'll inherit from my father. He trashed the place worse than an episode of Hoarders minus the dead cats, no exaggeration. I've spent the last year pulling trash out of it and trying to get things back in working order. Still got a lot of walls to redo and kitchen appliances to buy, but I think I'll treasure this place once I get it back in decent shape.

Wurlitzer Level 7 Sep 13, 2018

Cant edit but I forgot to mention a giant heavy patchwork quilt and a probably 50+? year old cast iron skillet. Those are handy and shall remain treasured as well. Ive got more treasure than I thought. smile001.gif

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I have a necklace that my mother bought in Sweden. It depicts a labyrinth that I once ran around as a child.

irascible Level 8 Sep 13, 2018
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SS officers dagger my grandad took(killed) of a camp guard in bergen belsen according to him many guards/outlying guards were killed in retribution whether thats true or not i know from drunken chats what he saw never left him

weeman Level 7 Sep 14, 2018
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DNA ?

Agree!

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I have a green glass candy dish with a chip in the lid from my grandma. Probably not worth more than $2 but I spent many hours staring at that dish wanting candy. No idea why I didn’t just ask if I could have a piece, lol.

This reminds that I have a green glass souvenir saucer from a fair in the 19teens that my grandma kept of her sister's. It is stored away in my cedar chest. I should check its value

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Hiddenite ring from the first ever find of this stone in North America, which was on my great great uncle's farm in Alexandria County, NC. Most Hiddenite comes from Brazil.

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An Irish linen tablecloth and napkins and my grandmothers china that she received as a wedding gift. It’s over 100 years old

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I have my dad's pocket knife which he carried daily throughout my childhood. It's worn and in need of sharpening but I still keep it and I think of him whenever I see it or use it.

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My grandparents dining table. Made by a cousin from walnut trees off the family farm as a wedding present

moonmaid Level 8 Sep 13, 2018

That sounds wonderful. What a great heirloom.

@Wisewoman3 it is. Im wondering who will get it next as i am childfree.

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Pillowcases. My grandmother crocheted an edging on them and I love them. An antique rocker from grandmother. It needs to be repaired and reupholstered but I won’t be getting rid of that either.

kltuckmn Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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Pictures of my parents when they were young.

Anonbene Level 8 Sep 13, 2018

I love old pictures. I have pictures all the way back to my great great grands.thankful to mom for saving all of them.

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I've got a few bits and bobs that have come my way but looking around I do have a tin plaque on the wall, it's a replica but both my parents lived thru WWII, that says

War Dept

WHEN IN DOUBT

Brew-Up

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ipdg77 Level 8 Sep 13, 2018
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Many of the things I took from our hardware store, a display case from the 1920s , casket handles, coffin nails and bunch of dishes.

glennlab Level 9 Sep 13, 2018
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I wish I did have something but never inherited anything.

Sheannutt Level 9 Sep 13, 2018

Poor dear. I'll leave my collection of Victorian bloomer pictures for you. Their pretty risque. ?

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I have a few things. I have my grandma and grandpa's little book from when they were married in 1926. It has her entries about when they met, guests at their wedding in her parent's parlor, her dress, shoes and flowers. It is incredibly sweet. I have chalk and charcoal drawings of my sister and myself, from the Illinois State fair, in 1950. I was 4 and my sister was 3. They are in the original frames that mom put them in. I have a bracelet that my dad brought my mom from Germany, when he was a medic in WW2. He nearly died of his wounds but he bright it back. I all have a silver and turquoise snake ring that mom got on an Indian reservation in Arizona in the mid 1950s. I have some quilts grandma and her friends made and a spread to put on top of the quilts, that grandma crocheted. This is the trouble with making a list. I always get carried away.

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Neat item to own!

I have an owl toothpick holder that was my mother's. It seems lame, but I treasure it.

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My dad's ruby ring. He wore it every day I knew him from childhood to his passing at 96 5-years ago. Now it's my turn. An attractive gal (with a guy I assumed to be her husband) noticed it at a restaurant a few weeks ago and asked about it. I told her the story and wondered why she noticed it. "I'll tell you something... women ALWAYS notice spectacular jewelry on a man... that's a $20,000-dollar ring you're wearing"! Hmmmm... I kinda doubt that, but nice to hear from a random beautiful lady.

mtnhome Level 7 Sep 16, 2018
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Flight patch from my grandfather's B-17 Flying Fortress "The Raunchy Wolf"

motrubl4u Level 7 Sep 15, 2018
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This wasn't inherited, but when my granddaughter was 5 years old, she sent me a $5 bill in a card. This was 6 yeas ago. I still have both the card and the bill. When I croak, I want her to get it back.

AzVixen52 Level 7 Sep 15, 2018
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There is no tangible thing that I treasure more than the curiosity my mother instilled in me.

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I'm lucky that I do have a few things from olden days, like my great grandfather's doctor's instruments. He was a small town doctor in Nebraska 100+ years ago. I have several things of my mom's, like a charm bracelet that includes a miniature typewriter among other things of interest in her life at that time. (She was a writer.) I have my grandmother's bible, not my religious grandmother (who didn't own a bible) but my atheist grandmother who kept the bible on her end table, to help with her crossword puzzles. A few other items that keep me cognizant of my roots.

Julie808 Level 7 Sep 14, 2018
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My dad's glasses. He passed away when I was in my twenties.

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