Once again, I have joined in Melody's Tuesday Treasures. :)
This week, my treasure is this lovely old sideboard that belonged to my Great Grandmother Jobling. She died before my first birthday, so I don't have any memories of her, but I do remember this sideboard being used in my Grandmother's laundry. (She had no room for it anywhere else.)
At some stage during its laundry days, it was painted over with a lead based paint. I did try to remove it when my Grandmother gave it to me, many years ago, but it was a very difficult task with all that carving, so I gave up and learnt to live with the shabby look. :) One day, I will pay to get it done professionally. You can see the lovely old stain and varnish on the drawers, where I have done some paint removal.
The mirror isn't part of the sideboard, but is one my Dad was given and I snapped it up as the perfect addition. Mum can remember there being a big mirror and little drawers on the top piece, but they never came to live in the laundry. Perhaps one of Nana's sisters took those for a bedroom.
Inside, I keep the best china as well as those lovely treasured pieces of crockery handed down through the family.
The doors and drawers are all hand carved. They look symmetrical, but when you examine them closely, you can see small discrepencies in sizes or curves. These flaws make it even more endearing to me.
I have many things to link me to the past and to some of my ancestors and this is one of those extra special things.