An heirloom is defined by as “a valuable object that is owned by a family for many years and passed from one generation to another”

But what gives heirlooms their value? It’s certainly not the price they’d fetch at an auction, because I’d hate to sell off any of the heirlooms I consider precious.

To me, the real value of an heirloom is the physical connection they give me to my family’s past. To be able to see, touch and smell an object that someone held before me many years ago; probably before I was born. Someone who I’ve probably never even met – who I know only by a record in a statutory register – but who is connected to me through the precious object in my hands.

The posts in this category describe and often show the various family heirlooms I’ve been luck enough to get my hands on over the years.