This is a continuation of LAST APRIL’s challenge about HEIRLOOMS. When my sister and I cleaned out our parents’ home, we had to make many decisions about what to do with all the stuff. Which things are truly “valuable” and which have only sentiment in their favor? Should we sell it, keep it, or throw it away? To help ensure a future for our family’s heirlooms, I plan to leave a booklet for my daughters telling the stories of what they will inherit one day. (Not TOO soon, I hope!)
is for Umbrella Stand that is not really a stand for umbrellas. It is actually a butter churn. However, as long as it has been in our house, it has held umbrellas. One day when our girls are cleaning out this house, they will look at each other and ask, “Do you want the umbrella stand?” Unless they read their book of heirlooms, they won’t know it was once used to churn butter.
Somewhere I have the lid, so I need to find it. A hole in the center allows the churn stick, also known as a dash or plunger, to be inserted. Butter was made by moving the stick up and down to churn the cream into butter.
I believe my umbrella-butter churn came from the estate of my grandaunt Violetta Davis Ryan, but whether it was something her mother had used or just a novelty Violetta purchased at an antique store is not known.
And speaking of butter, I also have an old butter press that shares a similar story of how I came to have it - origins basically unknown. Like most butter molds, it is made of wood and probably dates to the 19th century. They were used to stamp a simple design into the butter purely for decorative purposes.
Too bad I have nothing to say about umbrellas!
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