One of my favorites is the antique church pew that was in my grandmother's house. At the time of her death, I was the only one in the family who had a large enough space and the only member who really wanted it. Crazy, right? Why would you ever turn this down?
Sorry about the shadow on the wall. I'm still learning to take better pics and I don't have Photoshop.
I also love the doll china cabinet made by my great grandfather. It is meant to be passed down to all of the granddaughters. Since I am the oldest granddaughter, I got it first. And my cousins will have to pry it from my cold dead hands. :-)
Another item from my great grandparents is my great grandmother's flatware. I use it on Thanksgiving or for special occasions. If I didn't have to hand wash it, I'd probably use it every day. Some day soon, I think I will use it every day. I'm a big believer in using the good stuff instead of it sitting in a drawer or cabinet.
To go along with this gorgeous flatware I have begun collecting a china pattern I love. Called Brittany Majestic and manufactured by Homer Laughlin, it's just beautiful. It's been a little difficult to find and some prices on ebay have been outrageous.
If you see this pattern ANYWHERE, let me know!
And just this past summer I started collecting ironstone. Not all of it is "real" ironstone, but I love the way it looks and I scour thrift stores and estate sales for pieces that don't cost a fortune. They sit in the beautiful barrister bookcases my mother let me have now instead of making me wait until she dies. Thanks, Mom! :-)
Ok, enough talk about death. I have to start planning all the projects/furniture restoration that are in the garage. Photos on those soon.