In the old days, any more or less wealthy family had some special things passed down from generation to generation. Family heirlooms of noble people are family decorations, portraits of famous ancestors in massive frames and some unique interior items, often made to order. In peasant families, descendants often passed wedding rings, precious metal products and just something beautiful, rare or valuable for a particular family. Has this tradition survived today and what things inherited from ancestors deserve special treatment?
Tales of olden times…
The history of Russia is interesting and full of various events. At the same time, the attitude to Antiques is changing in our country almost every generation. Truly ancient objects, transmitted by inheritance, in the Russian families practically no. If any valuables remained with the original owners after the revolution of 1917, during the USSR they were transferred to museums, confiscated by the authorities or sold for a minimum cost voluntarily. And yet many people are sensitive to things associated with certain memories. Therefore, many of us have family heirlooms, often something interesting (for transfer to descendants) and try to create modern families, literally with their own hands.
What are relics?
You will be surprised, but if you ask a few people what things are the most valuable and special for their families, you can get a variety of answers. Someone keeps the "happy" wedding dress great-grandmother, another person is most proud of the collection of stamps donated by his father, the third is preserved some valuable handmade items created more than a hundred years ago. What is a family heirloom? The definition of this concept can be formulated as follows: it is a material object that is inherited between blood relatives and is of particular value to the members of this family. Accordingly, relics can be expensive things, and very cheap, but at the same time of personal interest to the owners. Often years are stored and even transmitted to descendants' personal letters, some scientific works or literary works.
In many Russian families in some numbers, there are photos of ancestors, some certificates and diplomas, and perhaps even awards of grandparents who participated in the great Patriotic war. What to do with all this wealth? First of all, keep in mind that photos and video/audio recordings have a certain shelf life. Therefore, if you have printed photos, it makes sense to scan them. Be sure to engage in this case, even if it seems to you not significant enough. The cost of digitizing and restoring images is low, but in the future, these materials can help you find lost relatives and be sure to interest your children. Even if you do not know what are the family heirlooms, do not be lazy to make a family tree. To do this, talk to the oldest living relative and write down all the information about their ancestors. If you like this idea, you can try to visit the archive, make official inquiries and learn more about the past of your family. A place for an extra notebook or piece of paper can be found in any home, and the information collected will be incredibly interesting to your children.
We disassemble the grandmother's chest
What to do with old things? The question is relevant for many who today come into the inheritance or just doing repairs at home, examining the farthest corners of the mezzanine. Write "a memory" is difficult to even fully furnish one room. In the analysis of the inheritance from your grandmother or great aunt should initially separate the trash from the "not junk" and decide then what to do with the second part. Today, Antiques are many items made during the Soviet Union, and if desired, they can be profitable to sell to lovers of antiquity. But is it worth getting rid of all the "wealth"? Family heirlooms should be of value to their owner. And if you like certain things leftover from someone in the family, feel free to take them yourself. But, of course, this rule should be abandoned if the vase presented by the late grandfather frankly irritates you and does not fit into the interior. In this case, the "unloved" thing should take to the cottage or transfer to someone else from the family.
How to keep family heirlooms?
A place for special things related to the history of your family can be found in any home. If you inherited something valuable and rarely used, the best option of storage is safe or rent a cell in the Bank. Items that are unlikely to interest potential robbers and can be used in everyday life, you can keep in mind in your apartment. Do not forget that vases, dishes, paintings, interesting statues are also examples of family heirlooms. If you have inherited photos, letters and some little things that you prefer to just keep and review from time to time, it makes sense to collect all these values in a separate large box.
Save the history for posterity: archive with your own hands
Despite the respect for the memory of ancestors, many modern people most appreciate the history and interesting events of their own generation. Nowadays it is fashionable to lead a modern archive. For example, many couples keep their own family heirlooms, for example, collect tickets from various events visited together, or print photos from vacations. Why not devote time to such an interesting hobby, if it is interesting to you? Not the fact that such a collection of artifacts will be interesting to your children, but it is worth a try in any case. A variety of family heirlooms, photos, ultrasound images and tags from the hospital appear in each family at birth. Such things can also be stored in a separate box or album, and they are sure to be of interest to your grown children when they have their own babies.