Yes. We have jewellery going back three generations of my husbands family, lots of photos, a REAL Stratavarius violin (excuse spelling ) and many other precious things. My husbands parents only died last year, so we still have quite a few things still to go through. I want my husband to go through things in his own time. We also have his fathers war medals. It is the anniversary of his mothers death today.
Yes I have a lot of little ornaments which Mum left. I couldn't bear to part with them as she loved all these little trinkets. My house looks like a real old ladies house at the moment. Mum passed away in 2011 and I apologized to her the other day as I donated her shadow box with the ornaments. I still feel guilty for doing this but it's a start of letting go. Not of her memory but of her things.
My husband and I have his Grandmother's Wedgewood collection that, although not valuable, is dear to the family. We will have to keep it until we decide which family member will take care of it for future generations.
I have my Grandmothers dinner set, including coffee and tea pots. Mum said she had no where for it, so it came straight to me.
I have my first husband's Grandfather's pocket watch and fob chain. I will pass this to my son or his daughters eventually.
Unfortunately no ladies jewelry has made its way to me. I am such a sentimental being I treasure old things.
I've several pieces of jewellery which belonged to mum, some I had bought for her which she had given back to me long before she passed away because she didn't want my sister-in-law to have any. I also have a beautiful pale green and gold tea set she gave me years before and the Rosenthal crystal wine glasses I'd lay-byed her starting from my first pay packet (53 years ago now). I also have mixing bowls (complete with crazing) from my Great Aunt which I don't use and her canteen of cutlery with bone handles in its wooden case. There are other items I have but can't recall off hand.
I have several items from my mother who died at only 42 when I was just 17. Some of these are lovely jewellery,in her jewellery box, while many are the maical old books which we had collected together at charity book fairs in the 60's when I was a very little girl. The legacy of the old books is something which I enjoy daily as I have never stopped collecting the old and antique mainly children's illustrated books which I adore so very much! I have a lovely old Koala which dad bought for mum when we first arrived in Australia from UK in 1959 as well as several ornamental items which include Wedgewood pieces and crystal.I also have a lovely small ornament which belonged to my grandmother , as well as her sewing box from during WW2 which is filled with gorgeous old silk threads and glass beads as well as other wondrous little items which are such treasures to me, yet would mean nothing to anyone else. I find it hard to let go of items which have such beautiful sentimental value, and I see no reason why I should have to part with them. I find them a comfort of sorts, which can bring a warm smile at any time. I feel blessed to have such special items, despite the sadness of the reason why they are now with me. It is important for me to see the positive in all which happens to me, and the wonderful knowledge that I was so loved by these dear people who were such major elements of my life when I was so much younger, is more precious than all the wealth in the world!
Yes I have a ring from my grandma on mum's side, and I actually should of inherited a bracelet from my grandma on my dad's side but my greedy aunty made sure that wasn't to be passed on, so my grandma's wishes weren't carried out.