Thursday, August 30, 2007

Show & Tell Friday: An Antique Suitcase


Welcome to Show and Tell Friday. To read more stories, please visit Kelli at There's No Place Like Home.



Today I'd like to show you an antique suitcase that was given to me a few years ago. No one is exactly sure who the suitcase belonged to, but they know it was someone in my husband, Verne's, family. Some say it was his Great Grandma Love's. Some say it may have been her mother, Grandma Reynold's. And some think that it may have been his grandmother's sister, Aunt Grace's. No matter whom it belonged to in the past, I am happy to have it today.

We live 500 miles from most of our family.
Two years ago, Verne's mom and Aunt Debbie came for a visit. Debbie was carrying this suitcase, and I was silently envying it. Being an antique lover, I thought of the many possibilities
for it if it were my own.

Debbie saw me looking at it, and later told Verne's mom that she was a little embarrassed because I probably thought she was very strange to be carrying this old suitcase around. Verne's mom said that she thought I was probably just admiring it.



As they went to leave a few days later, I commented to Deb that I loved her suitcase. I had no idea that she had been embarrassed. I asked her where she got it. This is where the confusion about who it belonged to came in.

A few months later, we drove back to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving. Debbie walked in carrying the suitcase, and said that it should be mine, since I loved it and she felt awkward carrying it. I was thrilled!

The leather on the outside is a little rough, and is loose in places. The inside has one stain, but it is otherwise in very good condition, and has no odor despite its age.







It is a Samsonite. There are ribbons inside to keep your clothing from shifting, and there is a divider that snaps between the top and the bottom.











I even have the original key for it!













The suitcase is proudly displayed in my living room, on top of the entertainment center. I love the way it looks there. I'm glad to have a piece of history from my husband's family!

41 comments:

Barbara H. said...

What a neat old suitcase! How generous of her to give it to you!

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

JoyFULLWifeMom said...

How neat! Like your layout!

Chrissy

Anita said...

Wow, this suitcase is a real family treasure, indeed! I am glad your husband did not gave it way!

I was quite "shocked" when I just read Kelli's story on her wonderful quilt. I can't believe that the lady at the yard store gave way that heirloon that was sewn by her husband's aunt.

Warm wishes from cold Germany, Anita

Haus Frau said...

Oh my, the suitcase is carefully loved and absolutely beautiful! It has a well suited home to be further loved in, Tracy. :o)

I found a vintage suitcase at a thrift shop - grabbed it for $3. It holds sewing supplies and vintage lace and ric-rak. A friend of mine has 3, 1 stacked on top of the other. Inside are her cd's and dvd's. Creative spaces for modern things.

Myrna said...

Wonderful! How nice that she recognized that you would love it and take care of it!

You just can't beat Samsonite!

ellen b. said...

I'm glad you proudly display it. It is great! blessings...
http://happywonderer.wordpress.com/

Lee-ann said...

Tracy, your little suitcase is a darling treasure and as we always say in our family "it was ment to be yours" to love and to treasure for always.

It would be lovely to find out the whole story behind it and I am sure you would too, Your husbands family sound wonderful people.

Lee-ann ~ Australia

Connie said...

That is such a wonderful story. The suitcase looks very much at home now...

Take care,
Connie

Mine is up.

Penless Thoughts said...

My high school graduation present from my parents was a medium size piece of PINK Samsonite luggage. My mother had a larger piece in Turquoise. Sure wish I'd held on to one or both of them. Yours are lovely.
Susan

Hootin'Anni said...

...and you placed it in such an ideal area!!

My show n tell is shared

Anna S said...

I love everything old and with a history! Would never give up on any of the family treasure... well unless as a gift to someone from the family, of course.

Jodi said...

Beautiful piece. You just can't help but wonder at all the places that suitcase has traveled and all the dreams it has furthered along.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Awesome! Decorative and useful. Great story with it too. That was generous.

Betty said...

Tracy, I like suitcase....maybe because it looks so much like the luggage my husband went off to college with....I have it displayed along with other old pieces.....

I've added to my Show and Tell since I posted at midnight...you might be interested in the addition....Betty

Short Stop said...

What an awesome suitcase, Tracy. I love those kinds of things...older, meaningful, and it looks PERFECT on top of your entertainment center.

I once saw three antique suitcases stacked up as a side table. My husband and I scour antique and thrift shops now and then searching for ones we can use for that purpose! :)

Jen in MS said...

What an awesome suitcase and neat story. Thanks for sharing!

LBP said...

What a great old suitcase that's even more special since it belonged to someone in the family! I love how you have it displayed.

Linda

Gena said...

That suitcase is beautiful! I wish I had my grandmother's suitcase. She always brought an old, old one whenever she came to stay with us.

Trudi A said...

In my early 30s I got rid of old suitcases, and now really regret it.

Lori said...

That old suit case is very neat! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Glad you have it in a spot where you can enjoy looking at it everyday.

Have a blessed weekend!

Lori

Momma Roar said...

What a special treasure and I agree, it looks lovely where you display it!

I think I forgot to comment yesterday about your new blog look - I really like it. I like the header graphics that site offers - very fun!

btw, I'm gonna be listening to your tunes again today!!

~~Mikki Jo said...

What a wonderful old suitcase. It is truely a treasure. I'm so glad it found it's home with you.

Tammy said...

I love antiques, too! How sweet that she gave it to you...love it!

(Enjoyed visiting your blog!)

Jennifer said...

I love the suitcase, too... it evokes images of Anne of Green Gables! You could pretend while you're carrying it... "here I am, at the train station, smelling like 'lemon verbena' and swishing my way through the crowds..." :)
You have found the perfect place for it, too! Home decorating is fun, but it's so much homey-er when the items have significance. What a sweet gift!
Thanks for stopping by today,
Jen

Retha said...

Looks like most of us around here like to 'old' things.
I looks like it sit exactly here it should be!

Karen said...

How sweet of her to give it to you! It's very much like the white one my mother in love has. I have a friend who found 3 different sizes like yours (brown) and stacked them for an awesome looking side table. Great storage place, too.

Becky said...

What a very neat keepsake. And I love the new look of your site. So perfectly simple. And perectly end of summer.

Stacie said...

Mrs. K,
Wow, that is really cool! I love antique things too! That was nice of her to give it to you!
That's funny though. Because as much as I've been over to your house, I had never noticed the suitcase being on top of the entertainment center. lol
I guess it is because I am short. I never thought to look up there. :)
~Stacie

Mica Garbarino said...

that is such a sweet story and that she ended up giving it to you. now don't let it go. Very nice too!!

Mica

Christina said...

VERY COOL!!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Nice story and suitcase! I have a similar one that I display on top of our TV armoire!

"If suitcases could talk!!"

Katherine

Julieann said...

It really does look very nice on your entertainment center. :)

Julieann

Star Spangle said...

Great pictures of the old suitcase.I do think that it belonged to Great Aunt grace Anderson(Grandpa Love's sister)and she probably gave it to Grandma Love.Anyway it now looks right at home in your home.Love you,Mom.

Jane said...

I love old things! Thanks for sharing

Jennifer said...

How funny that your sister in law was embarrassed of that fantastic suitcase!

I'm like you, I would have been admiring it too :o) Old treasures like that get my mind wondering... I wonder where in the world that suitcase has gone over the years?

Hope you have a great Labor Day Tracy!

Marci said...

Wow, that is really a neat item to have. You can store stuff in it to hide. =)

I have an old chest with a pull out shelf that was my Great-Grandmas. I keep treasures in it.

Beach Girl said...

Brings back so many memories! My grandmother had the very same one, very same color. I used to love it when she'd come for a viait and I got to carry in the suitcase, while my brother got to bring in the matching cosmetic bag. :-)

Vanessa

Kelli said...

That is a wonderful treasure, Tracy! I'm so glad that Aunt Debbie gave it to you!

Kelli

Beck said...

That's a BEAUTIFUL suitcase! We collect antique luggage, actually.

Christie Belle said...

Oh how neat! Old suitcases, as funny as it sounds, have so much more character than the ones of today. I love it, and I think you found the perfect spot for it! Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day!

liz said...

It's beautiful!