Like most of the city dwellers or rural folk, we got a bunch of old junk around the house. Now you would think that it is just some useless furniture that sits there and does nothing, except gaining pounds of dust, but in fact, we tried to look beyond the decades-old objects and see more than this. And we did – we saw history.
The old irons, cupboards, clay jugs, carpets had a lot to say after some short history digging and a few hours of phone talking with grandmammas, grandpappas, parents and other folks. We made a list with the most interesting objects, worth a fortune (not because of the money value, but because of the memories and stories they carry).
The old iron (1) was used by our grandma to iron her nice Sunday clothes. It was filled with burning coal to heat up the iron. Now she really needed some force to handle it. First decade of XX.
The Retro Cupboard we got looks quite imposing and massive. Probably was holding a tea set only for holidays, candy and grandpa’s spirits. Back in the day it guarded the living room from a little house in the village of Hătcărău, Prahova County.
“Flaxen haired maiden’s spinning wheel” (2)(3) – sounds like a fairy tale tool. In fact it was Used to make thread for various textiles, including carpets, like the one we got lying on some europallets, like an improvised sofa. Coming from Trei Iezi Village (tr. Three Goatlings).
Really old pots and jugs. They’ve seen lots of potatoes and mămăliga during their long life in Dragomirești village, Vaslui County.
Fun fact: Dried gourds were used as a scoops or water pot. Or just decorative. looks funny anyway you decide to place or to use it.
Demijohns, which we got plenty of, were for spirits and wine. The rattan wicker around it is thermo isolant. Good to know. Grandpa Gheorghe had the cellar in Hătcărău village, full of such pieces.
Old cuckoo clocks were respectable pieces of furniture for families that could afford to get one. The one we got Sang its last thrill a few decades ago. Quite a piece, if you ask us. Belonged to Alexandru family, from Hătcărău village, Prahova.
The prettiest piece in our opinion is the dowry chest, that now is used as a bench at the reception. It was usually filled up with textiles, pillows, precious documents for the bride to be. A sign of wealth for families from the beginning of XX century. Good start for the Alexandru family, back in 1936.
The Reception desk, a massive piece from dark wood, held once all the accounts and other rather important papers of the Alexandru family, from Hătcărău, Prahova County.
Wool cap – a classic piece of clothing. We say it is Bucur The Sheperd’s. Good to protect the Romanian heads from fierce blizzards and endless mountain autumn rains.
They call this piece Podstakannik – probably the best Russian invention. It’s a cup holder for hot drinks, mainly tea, which was consumed right after it’s brewed; Piece brought from a train trip with the Trans-siberian, in the mid 50’s by Grandpa Gheorghe.
Carbide Welding torch. Things like these were also used when slaughtering pigs for Christmas. A custom called Ignat.
Antique squeaky wardrobe with silver glass mirror. Brought from Hătcărău, Prahova County. Belonged to Grandpa Gheorghe’s family. Mid 20’s. A greek friend of ours was quite surprised to see that we got one too. It was exactly same as his grandma’s.
After reading all this, we hope you got enough inspiration to go dig in the attic treasurehunting for your family history, or we have a better idea, you book some tickets to Bucharest, let us know that you’re coming and we’ll make sure you’ll have the best holiday ever 😀