21 August 2009

My grandmother's vintage

A couple of weeks ago I spent an afternoon with my mum going through boxes and cupboards at my grandparents' house. It was a bittersweet occasion, we had a lot of fun discovering hidden treasures in my grandmother's neatly organised storage, but we were doing it because my funny, loving and now alzheimers-befuddled grandfather has just gone into a home, and from the looks of it he had touched very little in the house since my grandmother died several years ago.

Sad as it sometimes was though, it was also at times hilariously funny, especially when we found some genuine 1950's foundation garments and couldn't for the life of us figure out how anybody (even my skinny minnie grandmother) could possibly squeeze themselves into them!

As much as my grandmother's habit of keeping everything (because you never knew when it might come in useful) means we have a big job ahead of us, it also means I came away with bags full of little treasures, most wonderfully these gloriously feminine gloves:

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So ladylike, here's some close-ups of the embroidery detailing:

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These black ones are my favourites, and the ones I think I may actually find occasion to wear. I love the white leather trim and the button detailing:

I'm so glad I found these. Even if I never wear them they're such a lovely thing to have, and a connection to my wonderful grandmother.

1 comment:

  1. How pretty! Just take your time and don't throw something away because your tired of doing the job. I'm very sorry to hear about your Grandfather. It's really a horrible disease. Maybe you can sell things on Ebay.