Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Vintage Treasure

I took a little break from blogging this week. It was nice.
It gave me a chance to focus on some other things that needed attention.
I have been wanting to share with you another treasure from my dad's home. This was handmade by my grandfather in 1928. Grandpa was quite the artist. There are many paintings in the family that he did over the years. None of those date back as early as this chess/checker board. I don't know the history of it any more than that he made it for his father, when growing up in chicago. When his father passed he got it back, when grandpa passed it went to my father and now that he is gone, I am the proud owner. I am sure the photo cannot capture the real beauty of this piece. There is Mother of pearl and many other things I do not know the names of in it. Don't know if it was grandpa's own design or a kit type of thing. Would love to know more about it, but sadly there is no one left to ask.

Just a little closer peek at the detail

If you look closely you can see my grandpa's signature and the date 1928 
My father kept it wrapped in protective fabric and stored in the garage for years, I find that so sad. I am planning on putting a hanging device on the back and mount it on the wall. It is just too pretty not to have on display. It really isn't my decorating style but I am going to make it work somewhere.
I am link this to:
Show and tell Friday

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  1. What a treasure to have! It is indeed beautiful and very detailed!

  2. Wow. Truly amazing work by your grandfather and it's so nice that you have it now. Displaying it will give it the attention it deserves!

    And glad you liked my dresser! I'm following you now :)


  3. a beautiful treasure....amazing....have a great weekend

  4. Wow, Debbie, that chessboard is a thing of beauty. It's high time it was enjoyed! :)

  5. That is so pretty, Debbie! I think its wonderful that you have a piece like this passed down through the family.

  6. I love having items that belonged to my grandparents

    how very special

    hope you are rested from your break

  7. That is the most beautiful checkerboard I have ever seen. Just think how much time and thought went into this. It is indeed a masterpiece that should definitely be protected and treasured. I am with you, hang it and enjoy. We all need a blogger break now and then.

  8. Oh what a beauty and absolutely it must be displayed:) Have a blessed weekend my friend, HUGS!

  9. You just can't beat family treasures like that! Beautiful! I am following you now, too. Linda

  10. such sentimental treasure!
    thanks so much for stopping by & leaving a comment on my gallery wall ~ i really appreciate it!

  11. I'm so glad it got passed down to you! Things like this need to stay in the family. I really treasure the things from my grandparents, so I understand how special this is to you.

  12. What a lovely treasure you have! I love the details on it- it's absolutely charming- what a great piece to have in your family. Thank you for sharing at FNF :)

  13. Oh, this is a treasure! It's gorgeous, I think the beauty of it is that it was your grandpa's, what a doesn't matter how he did it, but he did it and that's the beauty of this.
    Thank you for sharing. I'm also at FNF.

  14. This is simply gorgeous, thanks for sharing.

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  16. What an incredible piece, Debbie! Even though it doesn't really fit your style, I'm sure it will bring you great joy to see it displayed.

    Thanks for linking to the party. I would love to have you join each week. Be sure to come by tonight to see yourself featured. ;)

    Have a terrific holiday weekend!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage